McCarthy Meets with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

The speaker reaffirms that the U.S. is bound by law to help Taiwan defend itself.

This week, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to discuss weapons sales between the U.S. and Taiwan.

Taiwan claims that they are an independent country, but China claims Taiwan as its own and has accused the United States and other countries of violating Chinese sovereignty by seeking “Taiwan independence.” The global community generally maintains cool professionalism with Taiwan because of this dynamic, but Ing-wen’s meeting with McCarthy in California marks the most senior-level meeting a president of Taiwan has had with U.S. officials on American soil.

Speaker McCarthy called the friendship between the people of Taiwan and America “a matter of profound importance to the free world.” Though the U.S. has no official relations with Taiwan, the U.S. is bound by law to provide Taiwan with the necessary means to defend itself, which the U.S. hopes Chinese authorities will understand.

“We must continue the arms sales to Taiwan and make sure such sales reach Taiwan on a very timely basis,” McCarthy said, adding that he believed there was bipartisan agreement on this.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That this meeting between President Ing-wen and McCarthy went productively.
  • That the Lord intercedes in the strained relationship between the U.S. and China.
  • That administration officials help the U.S. fulfill its duty to enable Taiwan to protect itself adequately.

Sources: Department of Energy,


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