Posted BY: Bill | NwoReport

The Chinese Foreign Ministry demanded on Wednesday that the government of the United States prevent any meeting between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who is reportedly planning to stop through Los Angeles and New York in April, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

McCarthy confirmed on Tuesday that he planned to meet with Tsai during her stay in America, a stopover on her way to friendly Latin American states, and dismissed any pressure from Beijing not to do so. McCarthy also stated that meeting Tsai in America would not preclude any visit he might make to Taiwan in the future.

Taiwan is a sovereign island state off the coast of China, with a decades-long history of maintaining a fully independent elected government and no history of being ruled by any government in Beijing. The Chinese Communist Party falsely claims Taiwan as a province of China under the “One China Principle,” which states that only one China exists in the world and Taiwan, formally the Republic of China, is a Chinese province. The Taiwanese federal government, China claims, is a rogue “separatist” criminal organization.

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The United States formally abides by the “One China Policy,” which states that only one China exists in the world, but does not specify whether America recognizes the Republic of China or the People’s Republic of China. Washington does not have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, a requirement to maintain formal diplomatic ties with China, but does maintain trade ties, including weapons sales, with Taiwan.

American presidents traditionally abstain from meeting their Taiwanese counterparts. In 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump outraged China by accepting a ten-minute phone call from Tsai congratulating him on his election victory.

High-level exchanges below the office of the presidency have consistently occurred, however — often visits to Taiwan by Congresspersons sympathetic to the Taiwanese cause. Last year, McCarthy’s predecessor, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), visited Taipei and met with Tsai, prompting months of outraged complaints from the Chinese Communist Party.

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