This visit comes a few days after the end of important Chinese military maneuvers around Taiwan, in response to a visit by the speaker of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (archives).
A delegation of US congressmen arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for an unannounced visit, a US diplomatic source on the island said.
The five-person visit — a senator and four representatives, including Democrats and a Republican — which is scheduled to last until Monday, according to the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US Embassy. United on the Island, comes days after the end of Beijing's largest ever military maneuvers around Taiwan, in response to a visit by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Taipei has accused China of using Mrs. Pelosi's visit as a pretext to practice an invasion.
Chinese helicopters near Pintgan Island, one of the closest points to Taiwan
In response, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to the region.
Washington will strengthen its trade relationship with Taiwan and make new air and sea crossings through the strait, in response to China's provocative actions, Kurt Campbell, White House coordinator for Asia-Pacific, announced Friday.
China considers Taiwan, with a population of around 23 million, to be one of its provinces, which it does not ;has yet to successfully reunite with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War (1949).
Opposed to any initiative giving the Taiwanese authorities international legitimacy, Beijing is against any official contact between Taiwan and other countries.
A sign displays a portrait of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi welcoming her to Taiwan (file).
US officials visit the island frequently, but China deems the visit of Ms. Pelosi, one of the most senior figures in the US state, to have been a major provocation.
The delegation will meet with senior Taiwanese officials to discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, regional security issues, trade and investment, climate change, the minister said. x27;American Institute.
Taiwanese foreign minister welcomed visit.
As China continues to escalate tensions in the region, the US Congress has again sent a high-level delegation to Taiwan, demonstrating a friendship that is unfazed by China's threats and underscores the United States' strong support for Taiwan.< /p>
US parliamentarians will notably meet President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, he added.