The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosicame to Taiwan, ignoring the warnings China, who denounced the “extremely dangerous” actions of USA and threatened retaliatory “targeted” attacks.
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Television footage showed the 82-year-old Democratic lawmaker arriving at Taipei’s Songshan Airport, where she was greeted by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.
The visit shows the “unconditional support” of USA to the island, although “it does not contradict” Washington’s policy towards China, said a statement from Nancy’s cabinet Pelosi, who belongs to the same party as President Joe Biden and is second in line for presidential succession.
The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry also assured that the visit shows Washington’s “solid” support for the island of 23 million inhabitants.
China, that considers Taiwan as a rogue province, it announced shortly before that its fighter jets had crossed the Taiwan Strait and promised “targeted military action” in retaliation.
The Beijing government claimed that USA is deploying “extremely dangerous” actions and warned that “those who play with fire will die burned.”
The Taiwanese military denied that Chinese aircraft had crossed the strait.
China and Taiwan
China Y Taiwan they have been separated in fact since 1949, when Mao Zedong’s communist troops defeated the nationalists, who took refuge on the island.
USA recognized in 1979 the Peking government as representative of China, although it continued to give military support to Taiwan.
Pelosi, who came to the island as part of an Asian tour, is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan since his predecessor Newt Gingrich in 1997.
The possibility of such a scale has red-hot regional tensions.
“The United States will bear the responsibility and pay the price for undermining China’s sovereignty and security,” a spokeswoman for Chinese diplomacy said a few hours earlier.
Russia expressed its “absolute solidarity” with its Chinese ally, in a gesture in conjunction with Beijing’s refusal to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The “reunification” of China is a priority target for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who last week formally told Biden over the phone to avoid “playing with fire.”
To back up its message, the Chinese military released a martial-sounding video online on Monday showing soldiers shouting in readiness to fight, fighters taking off, paratroopers jumping out of a plane or a hail of missiles annihilating multiple targets.
Pelosi in Taiwan
the visit of Pelosi a Taiwan It was the subject of all kinds of conjecture in recent days and the Taiwanese government did not include it in its agenda.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Pelosi he had the “right” to travel to the island.
“There is no reason for Beijing to turn a possible visit, consistent with long-standing US policy, into a kind of crisis,” he added.
Kirby warned of the possibility that China conduct shows of force that could include firing missiles into the Taiwan Strait or “large-scale” incursions into Taiwanese airspace.
The Ministry of Defense of Taiwán assured on Tuesday that the territory has the “decision, capacity and confidence” to protect the island.
With information from AFP.