A group of US lawmakers arrived on a previously unannounced trip to Taiwan on Wednesday, the latest group of senior US officials to visit the island, defying Beijing’s reluctance to such trips.
The eight lawmakers, led by Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy on the House Armed Services Committee, will stay until Friday as part of a larger trip to the Indonesian region, the US embassy in Taiwan said.
“The delegation will meet with Taiwan’s senior leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains and other significant issues of mutual interest,” he added.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen while on the island.
China considers democratically-ruled Taiwan its own territory, rejecting strong objections from the Taipei government.
China held military exercises near Taiwan last month following US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei and has since continued its military operations on the island.
Other US lawmakers followed Pelosi’s journey, as did the governor of the US state of Arizona.
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