Taiwan President Visits US and Central America
| Source: AP
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will visit the United States, Guatemala and Belize in a week. Officially, he stops in the US for official visits to Central American countries. Beijing immediately responded angrily, saying the stops in the US were an excuse to spread nationalistic propaganda and that China would complain to the US.
Tsai Ing-wen will embark on a ten-day trip from March 29 to April 7 that will take her to New York, Los Angeles and Guatemala City. En route to his official destination of Guatemala, he will pass through New York and fly to Los Angeles on the return trip, where he will arrive on April 5. It is not known who he is meeting in America. Some media outlets are reporting that he will meet with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
It is not unusual for the president of Taiwan to visit the US to Latin American countries that have recognized Taiwan as an independent country. Not America, but Taiwan’s main source and arms supplier. High-level consultations often take place when the Taiwanese president makes a few ‘stops’.
However, there are no countries that do not recognize the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. Guatemala’s neighbor, Honduras, has ended relations with Taiwan and is establishing relations with the People’s Republic of China. Currently, only a few island states in the Caribbean, Pacific, Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Paraguay and Vatican City are recognized as the Republic of China, officially known as Taiwan. Beijing claims the de facto independent island as part of China and strongly opposes international recognition of Taiwan as an independent country.
After the Communist takeover of China in 1949, many dissidents of the Communists fled to the island, where they established what they believed to be a legitimate Chinese government. The United States had long supported that position, so it was not until 1971 that the United Nations recognized and recognized the People’s Republic. In 1950, the Netherlands was one of the first Western countries to recognize the Communist People’s Republic as a state.
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