3 Nov 2017

Taiwanese president set for Guam stop

4:16 pm on 3 November 2017

The president of Taiwan will make an historic visit to Guam today.

The governor's office says President Tsai Ing-wen will be on island for a "private, unofficial visit".

The President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen (R) greets Taiwanese people living in Nicaragua during her visit for the inauguration of President Daniel Ortega's fourth term in Managua, on January 9, 2017.

Photo: AFP

The Pacific Daily News reported the Guam Legislature was expected to welcome the Taiwan leader, where lawmakers will present her with a legislative resolution, honouring the visit.

Tsai has been on a weeklong trip to three of Taiwan's allies in the Pacific: the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands.

Her delegation also stopped in Hawaii last weekend and her Guam visit is her last stop before returning home.

Tsai, who has held office since May 2016, is Taiwan's first female president.

She made political history after speaking with Donald Trump - the first time in almost 40 years that the leader of Taiwan had spoken with a US president.

Beijing has denounced Tsai's visits to US soil.

Tsai's visit to Guam comes just days after Defense News reported China initiated bombing drills, targeting Guam and its surroundings, to test the US defence zones.