TAIPEI, Taiwan ( Associated Press) — A delegation of US lawmakers has turned angry with China just 12 days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan.
The group of five lawmakers, led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet with leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade, investment and other issues, the American Institute in Taiwan said. The institute represents the US government, which has no official affiliation with Taiwan.
China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, responded to Pelosi’s visit on August 2 by sending missiles, warships and fighter jets into the sea and sky around the island during several days of military exercises. The Chinese government opposes Taiwan’s official contact with foreign governments.
A Taiwanese broadcaster showed a video of a US government plane landing at Songshan Airport in Taiwan’s capital Taipei at around 7 p.m. Sunday. Although it was not confirmed who was on the board, the American Institute issued a brief statement shortly after announcing that the delegation would be in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of their trip to Asia.
Other members of the delegation include Representative Oumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, a Republican from American Samoa, and Democrats John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal of California and Don Baer of Virginia.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Chinese fighter jets are crossing the midpoint of the Taiwan Strait on a daily basis even after the conclusion of military exercises, and at least 10 did so on Sunday.