Tsai Ing-wen, on an unofficial visit, is transiting through the United States on her way to Central America
Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen landed in New York on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the newspaper, Tsai arrived “for her first visit to the US in more than three years.” Tsai, on an unofficial visit, is transiting through the United States on her way to Central America. The Taiwanese leader will be in New York through Friday, the WSJ writes.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Spokesperson Mao Ning warned that Beijing would closely monitor the developments around Tsai’s visit, who departed for Belize and Guatemala on March 29, and would “firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” China firmly opposes any form of official interaction between the US and Taiwan, and “we firmly oppose the US’ having any form of contact with the Taiwan authorities, which violates the one-China principle,” she insisted. Beijing has repeatedly protested to Washington on the Taiwanese leader’s stopover, Mao said.
Earlier reports said Tsai was planning to meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Taiwan has been governed by its local administration since 1949 when the remaining Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) fled to the island after being defeated in China’s civil war. China regards its largest island as one of its provinces.