More U.S. lawmakers visiting Taiwan 12 days after Pelosi trip

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Reps. Alan Lowenthal, John Garamendi, Don Beyer and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen pose for a photo with Donald Yu-Tien Hsu, director-general of Taiwan’s Department of North American Affairs, in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sunday, Aug 14, 2022. | Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP

By Associated Press

08/14/2022 08:20 AM EDT

Updated: 08/14/2022 08:23 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A delegation of American lawmakers is visiting Taiwan just 12 days after a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that angered China.

The five-member delegation, led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet senior leaders to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade, investment and other issues, the American Institute in Taiwan said. The institute represents the U.S. government, which does not have official ties with Taiwan.

China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as its territory, responded to Pelosi’s Aug. 2 visit by sending missiles, warships and warplanes into the seas and skies around Taiwan for several days afterward. The Chinese government objects to Taiwan having any official contact with foreign governments, particularly with a high-ranking congressional leader like Pelosi.

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