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House Speaker Meets Taiwanese President, Urges Speed-Up of U.S. Arms Deliveries

HeadlineApr 06, 2023

China vowed to take unspecified “actions” after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and a bipartisan congressional delegation in California Wednesday. Speaking from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, McCarthy urged the Biden administration to expedite arms deliveries to Taiwan. President Tsai also spoke to reporters.

President Tsai Ing-wen: “In a discussion with congressional leaders this morning, I reiterated Taiwan’s commitment to defending the peaceful status quo. … I also highlighted a belief which President Reagan championed, that to preserve peace, we must be strong.”

Ahead of the meeting, a Chinese aircraft carrier group was spotted in the waters off Taiwan’s coast. China views any official visits or meetings with Taiwan as a challenge to its sovereignty.

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