The global stage is quickly becoming a rather prickly place, as the authoritarian monsters of the east continue to exert whatever influence they can on the freedom-centric nations of the western hemisphere.
Now, as China continues to tiptoe around the idea of invading Taiwan once and for all, the United States has placed herself right smack dab in the middle of the mess, and GOP leader Keving McCarthy’s latest decision has the CCP infuriated.
China has threatened to retaliate against the United States and Taiwan over a planned meeting between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Beijing has repeatedly alleged the U.S. and Taiwan are acting in secret to push for Taiwan’s independence and threatened “resolute countermeasures” should the two leaders meet.
Tsai is scheduled to meet McCarthy on Wednesday, April 5, when the head of the self-governing island democracy visits Los Angeles, California.
There was no mistaking the sentiment of the suggestion.
“We firmly oppose this and will take resolute countermeasures,” Zhu Fenglian, the spokesperson for the Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said during a press conference on Wednesday.
The official cautioned the U.S. to “refrain from arranging Tsai Ing-wen’s transit visits and even contact with American officials.” It also urged Washington to “take concrete actions to fulfill its solemn commitment not to support Taiwan independenc
Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taipei late last year, prompting a threatening military response from China that allowed US officials to take an accurate figurative temperature of the situation.
If anything, McCarthy’s potential visit with Tsai could force China to the brink of an irreversible mistake, and allow US lawmakers to then dictate the relationship based on the knowledge that Beijing is on the brink.
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