Taiwan's Foreign Ministry officials welcome US Representatives at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan. Reuters
The unannounced two-day trip came after Beijing sent warships, missiles and jets into the waters and skies around Taiwan, a self-ruled democracy that China's leaders claim and have vowed to one day seize.
The five-member congressional delegation — led by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts — was due to hold a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday morning followed by a banquet at the foreign ministry.
Their visit will focus on trade, regional security and climate change, Washington's de facto embassy in Taipei said.
Taiwan's foreign ministry hailed the visit as another sign of a friendship between Taipei and Washington "that is not afraid of China's threats and intimidation".
But the bipartisan trip sparked another caustic response from Beijing, which has drawn down its drills but pressed on with military patrols in the Taiwan Strait.
State news agency Xinhua published a commentary after the lawmakers' arrival Sunday with the headline 'US politicians should stop playing with fire on Taiwan question'.
It called the visiting American lawmakers opportunists thinking about their own political interests as November's midterm elections draw near.
"Those US politicians who are playing with fire on the Taiwan question should drop their wishful thinking," the agency said.
"There is no room for compromise or concessions when it comes to China's core interests," it said.
Taiwan's foreign ministry welcomed the arms deal — the third approved under US President Joe Biden — saying it would help protect against Beijing's "continuing military expansion and provocation".
Biden smiled as Xi greeted the US leader with a "good to see you", kicking off what is expected to be two hours of intensive talks.
Taiwan’s export orders contracted for an eighth straight month in June, with global companies increasingly hesitant to make new investments in machinery as the China-US trade war wears on.
DGOV also pointed out that employee's wages are due from the first day of the month following the expiry of the period for which the wages are specified in the employment contract. If the period is not specified in the employment contract, employee must be paid at least once a month.
Polls were supposed to have taken place within 90 days, but the election commission said it needed more time to redraw constituencies following the latest population census.
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