Five US lawmakers defy China by meeting with officials in Taiwan

Five US lawmakers defy China by meeting with officials in Taiwan

Washington (CNN)Five US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials, defying Beijing to visit the contested island. "When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me to call off the trip," Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, wrote Thursday on Twitter. "The auto industry's largest supplier of microchips is here in Taiwan, so supply chain issues will most definitely be on the agenda." Slotkin said the side trip to Taiwan came after celebrating Thanksgiving with US troops in South Korea and that the stop would "be good to connect with leaders here to discuss a whole host of economic and national security issues." Taiwan holds a fraught position in the deteriorating relationship between Washington and Beijing, …
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