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Lavrov: Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan shows US despotism in the international arena

3 Aug 2022 1:36 pm

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has condemned the trip to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan reflected the US’s blatant disregard for international norms.

At a press conference during his visit to Myanmar, Russia’s chief diplomat accused the US government of arbitrariness in the international arena, which also commented on Pelosi’s unauthorized visit to the island, which Beijing considers Chinese territory:

“I don’t want to judge what moved them. But the fact that it reflects the same line that we are talking about in relation to the situation in Ukraine does not raise any doubts in my mind. It is an effort to ensure everyone’s own impunity and to prove arbitrariness: ‘I do as my nose grows’.”

“I see no other reason to create such irritation for the People’s Republic of China practically out of the blue. With full knowledge of what that means for them.”

Pelosi arrived on the self-governing island Tuesday for a meeting with Prime Minister Tsai Ing-wen, despite Beijing’s repeated warnings to stay away from Taiwan. The third-highest-ranking US official praised Taiwan as a “democracy” and assured the country of US support in confronting “autocratic” China.

Washington formally recognizes Taiwan as part of China under the so-called One China Policy, but maintains close informal ties with the island’s administration, despite the transition of diplomatic recognition of Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

The Chinese government has repeatedly said that trips by US officials encourage separatist forces on the island, thereby violating China’s territorial integrity.

Last week, when it was unclear whether Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan would go ahead, China warned that the US was “playing with fire” and that there would be consequences.

The Chinese military began a massive military naval exercise in the waters off Taiwan upon Pelosi’s arrival, which the island’s government said is effectively tantamount to a blockade. Beijing also imposed some trade restrictions, prohibiting Taiwanese companies from buying sand (such as quartz sand used in the manufacture of electronic components) and from exporting some foods.

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Source: RT

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