Next Wednesday, the President of Taiwan is set to meet with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives in California.

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy confirmed that he will meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in California on Wednesday, despite China’s threats to respond to the “provocation.”

McCarthy’s office said in a statement that the meeting will be held in a Los Angeles suburb at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and will be attended by a number of members of Congress.

China has vowed to “respond” to the meeting between McCarthy and the Taiwanese president, as China has previously expressed its opposition to any official contact between the island and the United States, which has provided Taiwan with military support in the face of Beijing for decades.

McCarthy planned to follow the example of former Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who visited Taiwan in August, angering China, which staged extensive maneuvers around the island in response.

“We urge the United States not to continue to play with fire on the Taiwan issue,” Zhou Chuyuan, Chargé d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said. “Those who play with fire will die in the fire. This is not a threat.” .”

At the same time, the US State Department last week considered that “China has absolutely no reason to overreact to this habitual practice.”

Shortly after Tsai’s arrival in New York last Wednesday ahead of her Central American tour, Taiwanese expatriates arrived to greet her regional peace and stability.

US media reported that 20 members of the US Congress will accompany the speaker of the House of Representatives to a meeting with Tsai in California.

Source: AFP

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