More US politicians visit Taipei days after Nancy Pelosi visit

Taipei: A delegation of US politicians is heading to Taiwan just 12 days after a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that angered China.

Beijing responded to Pelosi’s visit by sending missiles, warships and fighter jets into the seas and air around Taiwan.

Last week, aircraft from the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat training exercises around the island of Taiwan.

Last week, aircraft from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat training exercises around the island of Taiwan.Credit:Xinhua/AP

The five-member delegation is led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and is in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of a visit to Asia, the American Institute of Taiwan said.

They will meet with senior leaders to discuss US-Taiwanese relations, regional security, trade, investment and other issues.

A Taiwanese broadcaster showed video of a US government plane landing at Songshan Airport in Taiwan’s capital Taipei on Sunday.

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China claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes any official contact with foreign governments.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong initially refused to approve Pelosi’s trip and said: “All parties should consider how they help to defuse current tensions.”

But after China’s military response escalated, she went on to accuse Beijing of being “disproportionate and destabilizing”.

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