More US Lawmakers To Visit Taiwan To Defy Angry Beijing


Another group of US lawmakers will arrive in Taiwan on Thursday evening, Taiwan’s official central news agency reported its third visit this month, defying pressure from Beijing to cancel these trips. (REUTERS)

China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory despite strong objections from the democratically elected government in Taipei, launched war games near the island after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in early August.

She was followed about a week later by five other US lawmakers, with the Chinese military responding by conducting more exercises near Taiwan.

The Central News Agency did not name the lawmakers to come, saying only that they would arrive on a US military plane at Songshan Airport in central Taipei and meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the de facto US embassy in Taipei declined to comment.

Pelosi’s visit infuriated China, which responded with test launches of ballistic missiles over Taipei for the first time, and by abandoning some lines of dialogue with Washington, including theater military talks and on climate change.

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The United States has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is required by law to provide the island with the means to defend itself.

China has never ruled out using force to control Taiwan. The government of Taiwan says the People’s Republic of China has never ruled the island and thus has no right to claim it, and that only the 23 million people can decide their future.

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