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For McCarthy and Taiwan’s leader, visit marks historic first

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By LISA MASCARO
AP Congressional Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment was historic — a U.S. House speaker meeting with the president of Taiwan for a rare visit on American soil. The high-profile encounter Wednesday between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was designed to boost support for the island government. But the meeting at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California also was drawing rebuke from China, which announced patrols Wednesday in the Taiwan Strait. It was most sensitive stop on Tsai’s transit through the U.S. and Latin America. For McCarthy, who is outspoken on China, it was the start of his foray into foreign affairs as House speaker.

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