Taiwan’s president said he would not stop engaging with the world.
Taoyuan, Taiwan: Taiwan will not cut off its ties with the world and will not give in to pressure, President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday (April 7) as he returned from a trip to Central America and the United States. She met with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, reacted angrily to the McCarthy talks, but so far Beijing has withheld military escalation to show its displeasure.
After getting off the plane, Tsai said that the enthusiastic reception abroad was a powerful message.
“We have shown the international community that Taiwan will be more united, will never succumb to oppression, and will not be stopped from interacting with the world because of obstacles,” she said at Taiwan’s main international airport, Taoyuan. outskirts of Taipei.
China waged war games around Taiwan following the visit of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei in August.
Taiwan reported the presence of a squadron of Chinese aircraft carriers far off its eastern coast, but did not report any other unusual military movements.
China’s Taiwan bureau reiterated its opposition to President Tsai’s trip to the United States in a statement issued shortly after Tsai’s plane landed.
He continued, “The so-called ‘transit’ is just an excuse, but in fact, it is a provocation for the United States to pursue independence.”
However, the statement did not announce specific retaliatory measures.
However, highlighting the sensitivity of Tsai’s return, Taiwan’s defense ministry denied reports by Taiwanese media that her plane had suffered “unknown interference” about 30 minutes before landing, saying this was not true.
But he said a special military task force was deployed to stand guard, mobilizing the navy and air force to “control the whole process.”
Tsai traveled on an A350 specially chartered by China Airlines in Taiwan.