Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy wields the speaker’s gavel as members of Congress gather to attend U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Feb. 7, 2023. Leah Millis, Reuters  

Reuters: US House Speaker McCarthy plans to meet Taiwan’s president in the US -sources 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy plans to meet Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in the U.S. in coming weeks, two sources told Reuters on Monday, a move that could replace the Republican Speaker’s anticipated but sensitive trip to the democratically governed island claimed by China. 

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Tsai had been invited to speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library during a transit through California on a planned visit to Central America, and that McCarthy was likely to meet her in the United States. 

One of the sources said should the U.S. meeting go forward – likely in April – it did not necessarily rule out McCarthy visiting Taiwan in the future.  

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Update: Speaker McCarthy to meet Taiwan’s president in US to avoid escalating tensions with China: report (FOX News)  

WNU Editor: It looks like the Taiwan President has decided to de-escalate tensions with China …. Taiwan’s Tsai Convinces House Speaker McCarthy to Meet in US, FT Reports (Bloomberg). More here …. Did Taiwan Call off Another US House Speaker Visit? (The Diplomat).