China Issues Threat Ahead of Meeting Between House Speaker, Taiwan leader

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( – According to recent reports, China warned it was planning to take action against the United States and Taiwan if Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy meet this week. China has repeatedly criticized the US’s attitude toward Taiwan, accusing the US of trying to help Taiwan win its independence.

China has now warned that if the leaders proceed with their scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 5, then the country will retaliate. As part of the meeting, Tsai is going to be visiting Los Angeles, California where he will meet with McCarthy.

Zhu Fenglian, a Chinese diplomat who represents the Taiwan Affairs Office, stated while speaking at a press conference that they were utterly opposed to the meeting taking place and that they are going to be taking “resolute countermeasures” if the meeting proceeds. The official also warned that the US ought to avoid “arranging Tsai Ing-wen’s transit visits and even contact with American officials.” The spokesperson also said that that Washington should be actively avoiding doing anything that encourages or supports Taiwan’s independence.

Fox News reported that Tsai was scheduled to visit New York on Thursday, March 30. The leader then went to Guatemala and Belize. She is returning to the US this week for her meeting with McCarthy in California before heading home to Taiwan. McCarthy’s office announced on Monday, April 3 that he would be meeting Tsai this week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

In the past few weeks, China has applied more pressure on Taiwan by mobilizing some of its military members on the island. Before leaving Taiwan last week, Tsai told reporters that her country was committed to “values of freedom and democracy” and that they wouldn’t cave to “external pressure.”

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