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Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy will meet Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen in California rather than Taipei to avoid triggering an aggressive response from China.
In January, the Pentagon was in the early stages of planning McCarthy’s visit to Taiwan, an official told Punchbowl News. McCarthy had publicly expressed his desire to follow Nancy Pelosi in visiting the island which the People’s Republic of China claims as its own, although it has never ruled Taiwan.
Pelosi led a congressional delegation there last August, becoming the first House speaker to do so since Newt Gingrich in 1997.
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