Taipei/Beijing (Reportase One) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will stop by the United States (US) as part of her trip to Central America starting later this month, Taiwan’s Presidential Office said Tuesday.
Tsai will make stops in New York and Los Angeles en route to and from Guatemala and Belize. He will fly from Taipei on March 29 and return on April 7, presidential office spokesman Lin Yu-chan told reporters in Taipei.
Sources told Reuters that US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy intends to meet President Tsai during his visit to California.
However, Deputy Foreign Minister of Taiwan Alexander Yui could not confirm the meeting. He said details of the president’s visit to the US would be provided at a later date when the full schedule of the visit was finalized.
China has said it is deeply concerned about Tsai’s planned US visit, which has been widely reported by Taiwanese and international media.
China’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that Beijing balks at Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s planned visit to the United States. Beijing has also lodged a strong protest against Washington over the matter.
The Taiwan issue is another source of friction between the US and China. China’s foreign minister earlier this month reiterated that the Taiwan issue was a no-go boundary in relations between the two countries.
In August last year, China even held war games around Taiwan in response to a visit by then US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei.
Tsai and the Taiwanese leader previously made regular stops in the US while visiting their diplomatic partners in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Although not official, these visits are often used as high-level meetings between the two parties.
Like most countries, the US has no diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which is claimed as part of Chinese territory. However, the US is Taiwan’s main arms supporter and supplier.
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