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Third US Congress Visit to Taiwan This Month Fans China Tensions

  • Blackburn met President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on Friday
  • China fired missiles over Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit
Marsha Blackburn, right, in Taipei, on Aug. 25.

Marsha Blackburn, right, in Taipei, on Aug. 25.

Source: Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs/AP Photos

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Taiwan welcomed its third US congressional visit this month, as Senator Marsha Blackburn began a three-day trip to the island that’s likely to further test Washington’s tense ties with Beijing. 

Blackburn, a Republican on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee which oversees defense policy, met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday morning, after landing in Taipei the previous evening. Days earlier, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb also stopped in Taiwan, overlapping with a delegation of lawmakers from Japan.