US Representative Mark Takano, left, is greeted by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan on November 26. Five American lawmakers met with her in a visit intended to reaffirm US support for the self-ruled island. Photo: Taiwan Presidential Office via AP
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American lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday offering support for the island’s authorities, who Beijing accuses of seeking independence.

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The sheer amount of weaponry on display has undermined Beijing’s efforts to improve relations internationally, and could spark an arms race among its regional rivals.

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There was no immediate response from Beijing, which sees such moves as attempts to stir regional tensions.

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