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U.S. Lawmakers Visit Taiwan in Shadow of Pelosi Visit

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry Department of North American Affairs Director-General Douglas Hsu welcomes U.S. Representatives Alan Lowenthal, John Garamendi, Don Beyer and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan in this handout image released August 14, 2022. Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via REUTERS
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry Department of North American Affairs Director-General Douglas Hsu welcomes U.S. Representatives Alan Lowenthal, John Garamendi, Don Beyer and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan in this handout image released August 14, 2022. Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via REUTERS

A delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day trip during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to visit while there are military tensions between the self-ruled island and China.

Beijing, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted military drills around the island after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in early August.

China has long claimed sovereignty over the island. Taiwan’s government rejects China’s claims and says the island’s people should decide its future.

The de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei said the delegation is being led by Senator Ed Markey, who is being accompanied by four House lawmakers on what it described as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region.

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