A bipartisan congressional delegation from the U.S., including five members of the U.S. House of Representatives, arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, Nov. 25, for a visit to focus on security matters, marking the second time in a month that U.S. lawmakers have visited.
The visit comes as China increases military and political pressure on Taiwan to push its sovereignty claims, OANN reported.
The delegation included Mark Takano, Colin Allred, Elissa Slotkin, Sara Jacobs, and Nancy Mace, according to the ministry. It also added that they would leave on Friday.
“The congressional delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss U.S.–Taiwan relations, regional security, and other significant issues of mutual interest,” it said.
According to Taiwanese media, the delegation will meet with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and visit the Defense Ministry during their visit.
The Foreign Ministry on Twitter wished the delegation “a productive and rewarding visit focusing on bilateral relations and regional security.”
The five lawmakers have also visited Japan and South Korea on a Thanksgiving trip.
“After celebrating Thanksgiving with U.S. troops in Korea, I just touched down in Taiwan. After stops in Japan and Korea, it’ll be good to connect with leaders here to discuss a whole host of economic and national security issues,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) tweeted on Thursday.
Earlier this month, a 12-member bipartisan congressional delegation visited Taiwan and held talks with Tsai and Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng.
Since a civil conflict divided China and Taiwan in 1949, the two countries have been ruled separately. The Chinese Communist Party-led regime in Beijing considers Taiwan as a renegade province that must be reunified with the mainland by force if necessary.