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White House Tries to Keep China Calm While Taiwan’s Tsai Visits the US

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Tsai Ing-wen in New York on March 30.
Tsai Ing-wen in New York on March 30.Photographer: John Minchillo/AP Photo
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The Biden administration is going to unprecedented lengths to play down the importance of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to the US this week, as officials try to keep an already soured relationship with China from getting any worse.

Although China already has protested the visit, several people familiar with the matter say they believe China’s response may be more muted than earlier feared. The people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations, said Tsai scrapped some events and limited her press engagements, which were seen as most likely to draw Beijing’s ire.