Members of the US Congress arrived in Taiwan for the second time this month to meet with the island's government.

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source: Reuters.com

The North American delegation will discuss issues such as relations between the two countries and regional security with the Taipei authorities, among other matters.

A delegation of US congress members is visiting Taiwan, in what is the second time that such a mission has taken place so far this November.

The American Institute of Taiwan - the "de facto embassy" of the United States on the island - reported that "the delegation will meet with Taiwanese leaders to discuss relations between Taiwan and the United States" or issues of "regional security" among other matters. And that his visit is "part of a larger tour of the Indo-Pacific region."

According to sources, the North American delegation includes Democratic Congressman Mark Takano (California), Elissa Slotkin (Michigan), Colin Allred (Texas), and Sarah Jacobs (California) and Republican Nancy Mace (South Carolina).

The Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post detailed that 17 people are part of the group.

The Taiwanese press reported late on Thursday that the delegation arrived in the Asian country around 10:10 p.m. local time (2:20 GMT), at the capital's airport, aboard a C-40 Clipper military transport plane, and will remain in Taiwan until this Friday.

A source cited anonymously by the official CNA agency detailed that the congressmen will meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and visit the Ministry of Defense.

Earlier this month, a group of lawmakers from the US Republican Party visited the island, prompting angry protests from Beijing, claiming sovereignty over Taiwan.

This visit comes in a context of tension and increased interaction between representatives of countries with official diplomatic relations in Beijing with the Taiwanese authorities and a few days after a videoconference between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart. Xi Jinping, in which they discussed the thorny Taiwanese issue.

Also, this week Biden invited Taiwan to participate in a virtual summit on democracy that the Chinese state press considers a new "anti-China clique."

Taiwan has been governed autonomously since 1949, when the Communists defeated the Nationalists in the civil war. The latter retreated to the island, continuing with a dictatorial regime until the transition to democracy in the 1990s.

Throughout this time, the island had maintained the name of the Republic of China and the symbolism under which the Chinese nationalists also governed the territory of the current People's Republic before its defeat in the civil war, although with democracy voices arose that bet for breaking with that past and formally declaring independence under the name of Taiwan.

In 1979, Washington broke its official diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of Beijing. However, it continued to maintain ties with Taiwan through the above American Institute in Taiwan.

That same year, the US approved the so-called Taiwan Relations Act, which establishes that Washington will help Taiwan in defense matters. However, it neither guarantees nor rules out that the North American country will intervene militarily if China attacks the government. Island, following the political line known as "strategic ambiguity."