China conducts further drills while US legislators are in Taiwan.

The five lawmakers from the United States, led by Senator Ed Markey, arrived in Taipei late on Sunday for an unannounced visit. They are the second high-level delegation to travel to Taiwan after Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi did so in early August, which sparked several days of Chinese war games.

As a part of American congressmen visited the island that Beijing claims as its own and met with President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday, China's military said it conducted more drills nearby. Beijing claimed that this was an infringement on its sovereignty.


The five congressmen from the United States, led by Senator Ed Markey, arrived in Taipei late on Sunday for an unannounced visit. They are the second high-level delegation to come after Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in early August, which sparked a diplomatic row.


The People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theatre Command, the Chinese military division in charge of the region next to Taiwan, announced on Monday that it has organized multi-service joint combat readiness patrols and combat drills in the sea and airspace surrounding Taiwan.


According to the statement, the exercises served as "a stern deterrent to the United States and Taiwan continuing to play political games and endanger peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."



The lawmakers' visit violated China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to a second statement from the Chinese Defense Ministry, and "completely shows the true face of the United States as a spoiler and spoiler of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait."


"The Chinese People's Liberation Army continues to train and prepare for war, firmly defends national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will firmly destroy any type of 'Taiwan independence' separatism and foreign meddling," the statement reads.


Both statements mentioned the drills in general terms.


Su Tseng-chang, the Premier of Taiwan, declared that despite China's response to such visits by foreign friends, Taiwan would not be deterred.


He told reporters, "We can't just sit back and do nothing because there is a bad neighbor next door, and not dare to let guests or friends come.


China was enraged by Pelosi's visit, and as a result, it conducted its first-ever test launch of a ballistic missile over Taipei and halted some lines of communication with Washington, including theatre military talks and discussions on climate change.


On Monday morning, Tsai was scheduled to meet with the newest delegation of American lawmakers visiting Taiwan. The meeting has not yet received a response from her office.


However, compared to Pelosi's trip, this one was considerably more understated, and Tsai's meeting with them wasn't broadcast live on her social media platforms, as is customary when important foreign dignitaries visit.


Despite not having formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the US is required by law to give the island's democratically run government the ability to defend itself.


China has never disclaimed the option of occupying Taiwan with force. The People's Republic of China has no right to claim Taiwan, according to the island's administration, which asserts that only its 23 million citizens have the power to determine their future.


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