McCarthy meeting: Taiwan president appraises ‘regional situation’
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has met with senior security officials to discuss the “regional situation” ahead of her meeting with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in California.
Taiwan’s presidential office said Tsai held the video conference from Belize, her last stop on a Central American trip before going to Los Angeles.
“Tsai listened to a briefing on the overall regional situation”, her office said in a statement.
“The president asked relevant units to continue to grasp the surrounding situation, and to enable the visiting delegation to continue to grasp the situation in real time,” it added.
The office said Tsai expressed her gratitude to colleagues who are sticking to their posts to ensure national security during a long weekend holiday this week.
Officials on the call included National Security Council secretary-general Wellington Koo and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, who are with the president, as well as National Security Bureau Director-General Tsai Ming-yen, who has remained in Taipei, the statement added.
China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has threatened unspecified retaliation if the get-together, scheduled for Wednesday, happens.
After then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei in August, China staged war games around Taiwan.
Taiwan has so far not reported any unusual Chinese military movements ahead of the McCarthy meeting.
Tsai is due to return to Taipei on Friday.