Taiwan’s president lands in US amid threats from China

    WORLD  30 March 2023 - 11:07

    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in New York on a sensitive U.S. stopover on March 29, vowing en route not to let external pressure prevent the island from engaging with the world after China threatened retaliation if she met U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

    China, which claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, has repeatedly warned U.S. officials not to meet Tsai, who is on her first U.S. stopover since 2019, seeing it as showing support for the island's desire to be seen as a separate country, according to Reuters.

    China staged major war games around Taiwan in August when then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei. Taiwan's armed forces say they are watching for any Chinese moves when Tsai is abroad.

    Taiwan's de facto embassy in the U.S. confirmed Tsai's arrival in New York on Wednesday afternoon, and said none of her events were open to press or the public during her stopover there. Video clips showed her being greeted in the city by flag-waving supporters.

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