China has vowed to respond if Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen meets with the speaker of the US House of Representatives.
According to the AFP news agency, President Tsai Ing-wen has left for the United States on Wednesday, from where she will visit Guatemala and Belize.
China has always claimed ownership of Taiwan and is committed to making it part of its territory.
Under the One China policy, Beijing has warned that it “strongly opposes” a meeting between Tsai Ing-wen and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
China says it will take “strong countermeasures” if a meeting is held.
Zhou Fenglian, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in China, said on Wednesday that Tsai Ing-wen’s meeting with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy would be another provocation that violates the One China principle.
He said that this will harm China’s security and territorial integrity as well as the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.
On the other hand, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, speaking to reporters at the airport before leaving for the United States, said that “external pressure will not hinder the determination to increase relations at the global level.” We are satisfied and confident. We will neither pressure nor provoke others.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he would meet with Taiwan’s president in California, but Taiwan has not yet confirmed.
Besides being Taiwan’s biggest ally, the US also supplies large quantities of arms.
It should be remembered that in August last year, the former speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan despite all the reservations and threats of China.
Nancy Pelosi was the first US official to visit Taiwan in two and a half decades. On this occasion, she was warmly welcomed by the Taiwanese authorities.
In response to China’s concerns, after US President Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi also made it clear that there has been no change in her ‘one China policy’ and informal and defensive relations with Taiwan are also part of her policy.