5 members of the U.S. Home of Representatives are anticipated to reach in Taiwan on Friday for a brief journey targeted on conferences with the island’s defence ministry, Taiwan’s official Central Information Company reported on Thursday.
The journey comes as China has stepped up navy and political strain to say its sovereignty claims over the island, spurring anger in Taipei the place the federal government has vowed to defend Taiwan’s freedom and democracy.
The report mentioned the delegation could be made up of Mark Takano, chairman of the Home Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Colin Allred, Elissa Slotkin, Sara Jacobs and Nancy Mace, and would additionally meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
Taiwan’s International and Defence Ministries declined to remark. The de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The 5 lawmakers are at the moment in East Asia on a Thanksgiving journey to Japan and South Korea.
It might be the second journey of lawmakers to Taiwan this month.
China’s navy performed a fight readiness patrol within the course of the Taiwan Strait earlier this month, after its defence ministry condemned a go to to Taiwan by a U.S. congressional delegation it mentioned had arrived on a navy plane.
America like most international locations has no official ties with Taiwan however is the democratically-ruled island’s most vital worldwide backer and arms provider, to Beijing’s anger.
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