China angry over meeting in Ventura County between Taiwan's President, and U.S. congressional leaders
China threatens retaliation of some type for the talks held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
Despite an angry warning from China, the President of Taiwan met with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders in Ventura County Wednesday.
The meeting took place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
It made international headlines, with China warning of some type of retaliation for the closed door meeting. Taiwan has been an issue causing tension in Asia for decades. Most of the world recognizes Taiwan as an independent nation. But, China has always insisted that it is a part of its territory.
China staged some military exercises near the island nation last year, and currently has a large naval group of ships near Taiwan.
After the meeting was over, U.S, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen spoke to the media. They had a shared message: reaffirming U.S. support for Taiwan, and Taiwan’s commitment to remaining an independent nation.
"The friendship between the people of Taiwan and America is of profound importance to the free world, and it is critical to maintain economic freedom, peace, and regional stability," said McCarthy.
"I reiterate Taiwan's commitment to defending the peaceful status quo, where the people of Taiwan may continue to thrive in a free, and open society," said Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen.
"To preserve peace, we must be strong," she said.
Dozens of noisy demonstrators were on hand at the presidential library. Some were there to support Taiwan, and some were on hand backing China. No serious problems were reported.