Taiwan President to Visit U.S. but No Word on House Speaker Meeting


U.S. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-AL), speaks at a bill enrollment ceremony for legislation blocking the enactment of the Washington, D.C. City Council’s ‘Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022,’ in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2023. (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will make sensitive stopovers in the United States on her way to and from Central America that China’s Foreign Ministry condemned on Tuesday, but Taipei would not confirm a meeting with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Taiwanese presidents routinely pass through the United States while visiting diplomatic allies in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, which, although not official visits, are often used by both sides for high-level meetings.

The United States, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic relations with Chinese-claimed Taiwan, but is its most important international backer and arms supplier.

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