As Reuters reported, McCarthy became the highest-ranking American official to meet the Taiwanese leader on American soil since 1979. China has previously threatened unspecified retaliation.
The head of the House of Representatives said after the meeting that he was honored to have been able to meet the president. According to him, US relations with Taiwan are stronger than they have ever been in his lifetime. According to the Taiwanese president, the support they are receiving shows that the island is not isolated. “We are not isolated, we are not alone,” the president said, according to AFP. Taiwan is grateful to have the United States on its side, Cai added. She also thanked the island’s friends in the US Congress who stand by them.
Republican McCarthy, who is the third highest-ranking US politician, welcomed President Cai this morning local time at the Ronald Reagan Library near Los Angeles. The Taiwanese president stopped in the United States on her way back from visiting Guatemala and Belize, which are among the states that maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
China regards Taiwan as its province and calls on other countries in the world not to deal with Taiwanese officials and not give the appearance of recognizing the island’s independence. Last August, the then Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan, to which China responded with large-scale military maneuvers. At the end of March, the head of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, was also on the island with a large delegation.
We are with you. Pekarová recalled the password from August 1968 in Taiwan
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