U.S. lawmakers come to Taiwan with an army-focused travel report

TAIPEI, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to arrive in Taiwan on Friday for a brief trip focused on meetings with the island’s defense ministry, the Central Agency reported on Thursday of Taiwan Official News.

The trip comes as China has stepped up military and political pressure to assert its claims to sovereignty over the island, sparking anger in Taipei, where the government has pledged to defend Taiwan’s freedom and democracy.

The report said the delegation will be made up of Mark Takano, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Colin Allred, Elissa Slotkin, Sara Jacobs and Nancy Mace, and will also meet with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing -wen.Sign up

Taiwan’s foreign and defense ministries declined to comment. The de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The five lawmakers are currently in East Asia on a Thanksgiving trip to Japan and South Korea.

It would be the legislators ’second trip to Taiwan this month.

The Chinese military conducted a patrol in preparation for combat in the Taiwan Strait earlier this month, after its Defense Ministry condemned a visit by a delegation from the Northern Congress to Taiwan. American who said he had arrived on a military plane.

The United States, like most countries, has no official ties to Taiwan, but is the international sponsor and the most important arms supplier on the democratically governed island, to the wrath of Beijing.

 

Report by Ben Blanchard; Edited by Kim Coghill

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