Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections

The president of Taiwan thanked five U.S. lawmakers for meeting with her this week and discussing the alliance between the island nation and the U.S..

"Your delegation’s visit to #Taiwan & your support strengthens my conviction that our democratic partnership will continue to be a key force for good in the region & world," said Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen after meeting with the lawmakers on Friday.

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Tsai met with House representatives Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoThis week: Democrats set for showdown on voting rights, filibuster Key House chairman wants to lead official trip to Taiwan in January Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans MORE (D-Calif.), Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinPandemic pushes teachers unions to center stage ahead of midterms Planned Parenthood endorses nearly 200 House incumbents ahead of midterms Key House chairman wants to lead official trip to Taiwan in January MORE (D-Mich.), Colin Allred (D-Texas), Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) and Nancy MaceNancy MaceProtecting seniors from guardianship fraud and abuse House Democratic conference postponed due to COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (R-S.C.), despite the objections of Chinese officials.

China's communist ruling party claims sovereignty over Taiwan, though the island has governed itself democratically for decades. Both China and Taiwan have ramped up military in recent months amid rising tensions between the two.

The U.S. has long maintained unofficial diplomatic relations with Taiwan's government while officially recognizing Chinese authority over the island. Recently, amid reports of China's military buildup and demonstrations of force, the U.S. has further advanced its alliance with Taiwan. President BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE invited Taiwan earlier this month to a "Summit for Democracy" scheduled for December, a move which China criticized as political gamesmanship.

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Slotkin, who the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., tried to discourage from attending the meeting with Tsai, tweeted during the visit that "democratic values still and always matter."

"I’m midway through my visit to Taiwan & this much is clear: this place is on the rise," she wrote. "The fortitude & determination of the people, led by their dynamic President, is downright inspiring — and I don’t inspire easily."

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Both Jacobs and Allred praised Taiwan's president in their own respective tweets, and said they were 'honored" to meet with Ing-wen. 

Officials with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan also reportedly met with the lawmakers, discussing objectives in the Indonesian and Pacific seas.
 
"Without a shred of doubt, we're great democratic partners in countering the expansion of authoritarianism & safeguarding our shared values," the ministry tweeted on Friday.