Tsai Ing-wen's delegation is going to Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia on a 12-day trip. The island nations are among the few that recognize Taiwan instead of China.
Xi’s speech, his first major address on Taiwan, has given Tsai a chance to position herself as the young democracy’s defender, both to the outside world and to voters who will decide next year whether she stays in office.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited Hawaii at the weekend on her way to three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Pacific despite China, which considers Taiwan a wayward province, calling on the United States to stop the trip.
The trip to the United States is Tsai's second this year. In January she stopped over in Houston and San Francisco on her way to and from Latin America, visiting the headquarters of Twitter , which is blocked in China.
China hopes the United States does not allow Tsai "to transit, not send any wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces and take real actions to protect the overall picture of China-U.S. relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait", Geng told a news briefing.
Tsai's office announced in a statement that Lin tendered his resignation on Sunday, saying that he had "accomplished his periodic tasks", and it was approved by the president. Speculation was rife that Lin would be replaced.