Taiwan president defiant after China threatens retaliation for US trip

  • External pressure will not stop Taiwan engaging with the world, President Tsai Ing-wen said on 29 Mar as she left for the United States, hitting a defiant note after China threatened retaliation if she met U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
  • “External pressure will not hinder our determination to go to the world,” she said at Taiwan’s main international airport at Taoyuan, in a veiled reference to China.
  • China, which claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, has repeatedly warned U.S. officials not to meet Tsai, viewing it as support for the island’s desire to be seen as a separate country.
  • “We firmly oppose this and will definitely take measures to resolutely fight back,” Zhu added, without giving details.

External Link : https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/china-threatens-response-if-us-house-speaker-meets-taiwan-president-2023-03-29/