Three U.S. senators to visit Taiwan, trip likely to irritate China

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Three U.S. senators will visit Taiwan next week and will meet senior leaders to discuss security and other issues, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei said on Saturday, a trip that will likely irritate China. The United States, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic ties with the island that is claimed by China, but is its most important international backer and supplier of arms. The American Institute in Taiwan said that Tammy Duckworth and Dan Sullivan of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Christopher Coons of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will trave…

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