House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, a historic event that comes amid warnings from China.
McCarthy’s office shared details of the meeting in a statement Monday morning, indicating that the California Republican will host a bipartisan meeting with Tsai at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The bipartisan group will include Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, who is a member of the Democratic leadership, and the leaders of the select committee on China, among others, according to a copy of the guest list obtained by CNN.
Taiwan’s official Central News Agency also reported Monday that Tsai would meet with McCarthy, citing the island’s presidential office.
The meeting has been long overdue and is all but guaranteed to shake up the tense US-China relationship, made even more tense after a Chinese spy balloon floated over North America and was later shot down by warplanes. American combat in February.
CNN previously reported that Tsai is visiting Central America on a diplomatic mission that includes stops in the US China has vowed to “resolutely strike back” should a meeting between Tsai and McCarthy take place.
China’s ruling Communist Party claims autonomous island democracy as part of its territory even though it has never controlled it.