McCarthy Meeting With Taiwan President Despite China’s Warning

  • House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other members of Congress are scheduled to meet Wednesday with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, according to his office.
  • The Chinese government had warned McCarthy not to meet with Ing-wen. In response, McCarthy said China does not dictate his schedule.”
  • China can’t tell me where or when to go,” he said.
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning repeated the warning Monday, saying that the government opposes official interaction between the U.S. and Taiwan government.
  • Last week, Xu Xueyuan, charge d’affaires at the Chinese embassy in Washington, said the meeting “could lead to serious, serious, serious confrontation in the U.S.-China relationship.
  • Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Taiwan’s president in Taipei in August. China’s government also opposed that trip.
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