U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan in defiance of Beijing

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Five US lawmakers are meeting with Taipei officials this week to discuss issues including regional security. according to a statement From the American institution in Taiwan, the actual embassy.

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why it matters: Representative. Nancy Mace (RS.C.) And Alyssa Slotkin (D-Mich.) The two tweeted that when it emerged that they were part of a congressional delegation that arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, the Chinese embassy called on them to cancel the short visit. Slotkin described the message as “blunt.”

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  • Six Republican lawmakers who visited Taiwan earlier this month to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and other Taipei officials faced similar calls from Beijing’s embassy in Washington, per foreign policy,
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big picture: Mess, Slotkin and Reps. Mark Takano (D-California), House Veterans Affairs chair, Colin Allred (D-Texas.) and Sarah Jacobs, (D-Calif.) will be in Taiwan until Friday as part of a large Travel to the Indo-Pacific region, according to the American Institute in Taiwan.

  • According to the institute, they will also discuss US-Taiwan relations “and other important issues of mutual interest” with senior Taipei leaders.

Background: The Chinese government has in recent months increased military and political pressure in its claims to the self-governing, democratic island, which broke away from China in 1949 amid civil war.

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