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Taiwan's Tsai makes historic trip to NASA space center

US welcome of island's leader likely to draw a furious response from China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in the Mission Control Center of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 19. Tsai posted this photo to her personal Facebook account as part of her tour of the Americas.

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen toured NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, becoming the island's first sitting leader to set foot in an American government facility in the U.S. 

The visit, highlighting the close ties between Taiwan and the U.S., appears aimed at checking China's efforts to absorb the island. Although China has yet to react officially to Tsai's visit, it may have a vociferous response.

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