US Speaker confirms meeting with Taiwan’s Tsai despite China warnings

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has confirmed she will be meeting with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, despite warnings from China.

The meeting, which is expected to take place on Sunday, has been met with criticism from Beijing, who view Taiwan as a breakaway province.

China has warned the US against any “interference”. However, Pelosi has said that the meeting is in line with the US's commitment to Taiwan, and is a “symbol of the close relationship” between the two countries.

Pelosi is set to meet with Tsai in her capacity as head of the US House of Representatives. She will be joined by a bipartisan delegation, which includes the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The visit is the first of its kind in over four decades, and will involve discussions on a range of topics, including the coronavirus pandemic, economic development, and regional security.

Pelosi's visit comes at a time of heightened tensions between the US and China over trade and human rights issues.

The US has increased its support of Taiwan in recent months, and has sent multiple ships through the Taiwan Strait in a show of support for the island nation.

The meeting is likely to anger Beijing, who have already expressed their displeasure at the US's increasing support of Taiwan.

In a statement, Pelosi said the US was “committed to a strong relationship with Taiwan, and this meeting is a symbol of the close ties between our two countries”.

The US Speaker's visit is expected to further complicate relations between the US and China. It remains to be seen how Beijing will respond to the meeting.