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US Lawmaker Visits to Taiwan Hit Decade High, Irking China

  • Some 28 members of Congress have traveled to Taiwan this year
  • China says the American lawmakers are supporting ‘separatists’
Representative Stephanie Murphy

Representative Stephanie Murphy

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Bloomberg

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A bipartisan group of US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday, bringing the number of congressional visitors this year to the highest in at least a decade as displays of support for the island grow. 

The delegation of two Democratic and six Republican members of the House of Representatives, led by Florida Democrat Stephanie Murphy, landed in Taipei as part of a trip to the region, according to a statement from the de facto US embassy in Taipei. Murphy is vice-chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations.