Five US lawmakers defy China by meeting with officials in Taiwan

Washington (CNN) Five US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials, defying Beijing to visit the contested island.
"When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me to call off the trip," Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, wrote Thursday on Twitter .
"The auto industry's largest supplier of microchips is here in Taiwan, so supply chain issues will most definitely be on the agenda."
Slotkin said the side trip to Taiwan came after celebrating Thanksgiving with US troops in South Korea and that the stop would "be good to connect with leaders here to discuss a whole host of economic and national security issues."
Taiwan holds a fraught position in the deteriorating relationship between Washington and Beijing, with tensions running high as China increases its military posturing and warplane flights around the self-ruled island.
A US Air Force aircraft Boeing C-40C flight SPAR11 carrying a delegation to Taiwan taxis on runway after landing at Songshan International Airport, amid rising threats from China, in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 25 2021.
The bipartisan congressional delegation that arrived Thursday is led by House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano, a California Democrat, and included fellow panel members Slotkin and Reps. Colin Allred, a Texas Democrat, and Nancy Mace, a South Carolina Republican, as well as Rep. Sara Jacobs, a California Democrat, according to Reuters , which first reported the trip.