Tsai Ing-Wen

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with US president-elect Donald Trump from her office in Taipei on December 3. The call angered China and Tsai’s planned transit through the United States on her way to Latin America is expected to heighten tension. Photo: Reuters

Tsai’s transit through US expected to anger China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pass through the United States when she visits Latin America next month, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, in a move expected to infuriate China which had urged the United States to block a transit stopover.

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