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US House speaker McCarthy meets Taiwan leader in California, despite Chinese warnings


House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hosts a bill enrollment ceremony for legislation blocking the enactment of the Washington, DC City Council’s ‘Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022’, in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2023. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in California on Wednesday, becoming the most senior U.S. figure to meet a Taiwanese leader on U.S. soil since 1979 despite threats of retaliation from China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own.

McCarthy, a Republican who through his House position is number three in the U.S. leadership hierarchy, welcomed Tsai on Wednesday morning at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, near Los Angeles.

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