US congressional delegation visits Taiwan

A group of US congressional lawmakers has arrived in Taiwan on a US military aircraft -- the third such visit this year.

The five-member bipartisan group from the House of Representatives, including Mark Takano, flew from South Korea to Taipei on Thursday.

Taiwan's foreign ministry says the delegation will meet with officials to discuss bilateral relations, regional security and other issues during their two-day stay.

Taiwan's Central News Agency says the group will also hold talks with President Tsai Ing-wen.

Another US congressional delegation visited Taiwan from November 9 to 11.

Taiwan's presidential office and foreign ministry say such visits demonstrate that both chambers and both parties of the US Congress are in agreement to firmly support stronger ties with Taiwan.

China claims that Taiwan is part of its territory. It adamantly protests political exchanges between the US and Taiwan and the use of Taiwanese airports by US military planes.