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China will renew its military exercises around Taiwan after a delegation of US lawmakers made a surprise visit to the self-governing island, China announced on Monday.

Five congressmen landed in Taiwan on Sunday, less than two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outraged China with her own visit. Pelosi’s visit prompted China to hold unprecedented military exercises around Taiwan. These exercises will now be renewed in reaction to the second congressional delegation.

The five members of Congress include Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Reps. John Garamendi, D-Calif; Alan Lowenthal, D-California; Don Beyer, D-VA and Amata Radewagen, R-AS.

The group met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and other government officials on Sunday and Monday.

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Chinese military helicopters fly over Pingtan Island, one of mainland China’s closest points from Taiwan, in Fujian Province, on August 4, 2022, before massive military exercises off Taiwan following a visit by the Speaker of the House of States United Nancy Pelosi on the self-governing island.
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CHINA FIRE “PRECISION MISSILE SHOTS” IN THE STRAIT OF TAIWAN THE DAY AFTER THE FINAL VISIT OF NANCY PELOSI

Pelosi was the highest-ranking US official to visit the island since House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997. His journey began nearly two weeks of Chinese military exercises around Taiwan in a simulation of a potential invasion. .

China has long claimed Taiwan as its territory, despite the island having its own democratic government. China has claimed that visits by US lawmakers violate US One China policy, which states that the US recognizes the Beijing government as China’s only government.

Although the United States has agreed not to have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it has provided the government with means of defense and other support.

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Taiwan first separated from mainland China following a civil war between democratic and communist forces in 1949.

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