US House leader and Taiwan president meet as China protest
Risking China’s anger, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy hosted Taiwan President
Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday as a “great friend of America” in a fraught show of U.S. support at a rare high-level,
Speaking carefully to avoid unnecessarily escalating tensions with Beijing,
Tsai and McCarthy steered clear of calls from hard-liners in the U.S.
for a more confrontational stance toward China in defense of self-ruled Taiwan.
Instead, the two leaders stood side by side in a show of unity at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California,
acknowledging China’s threats against the island government but speaking only of maintaining longstanding U.S. policy.
America’s support for the people of Taiwan will remain resolute,
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