The president of the US Legislature, Nancy Pelosi, assured today that her country “will not abandon” Taiwan, territory in which politics remained less than 24 hours in a visit that has put China on a war footing and for the moment is ending with trade sanctions and military maneuvers around the island.
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Pelosi landed in Taipei last night and developed an intense “unofficial” agenda on Wednesday that included visits to the Taiwanese Parliament, President Tsai Ing-wen and a meeting with human rights activists before leaving for South Korea in the afternoon.
TAIWAN, AN “EXAMPLE”
The United States “will not abandon Taiwan”, an island that is an “example” for the worldsaid the US representative in her meeting with Tsai, who in turn awarded the visitor with the Order of Propitious Clouds for her “support” to the territory and thanked her for her “concrete actions of support at a critical moment.”
In a subsequent press conference, Pelosi stated that the US supports Taiwan’s current status quo and conveyed her country’s wish that “nothing happens to Taiwan by force.”
He also praised Taiwan for “building a successful technological sector” in which he considered that there is room for collaboration and of which the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), the world’s largest microchip manufacturer, is one of the main exponents. .
At 6:01 p.m. local time (10:01 GMT) Pelosi’s plane left Taipei, although before the president of the US House met in Jingmei Park with three prominent activists.
It was about Wuer Kaixi, one of the leaders of the student movement that starred in the protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, repressed by China in 1989; Lam Wing-kee, the bookseller arrested in China for selling books banned by Beijing in his Hong Kong bookstore, and activist Lee Ming-che, jailed for “subversion” in China between 2017 and 2022.
CHINESE RESPONSE TO THE “FARCE”
Beijing’s deep discomfort with this visit was once again evident both in words and deeds: the Chinese government’s fiery rhetoric was for yet another day accompanied by trade sanctions while the extensive military deployment across the Taiwan Strait continues.
The Foreign Minister, Wang Yi called the visit a “complete farce” and warned that “whoever offends China will be punished.”while the spokeswoman for that department Hua Chunying warned that her country’s measures will be “forceful and effective.”
If yesterday, Tuesday, Beijing prohibited the import of hundreds of food and agricultural products from Taiwan, alleging that they violated “important regulations” on business registration, this morning it was the turn of citrus fruits, frozen bamboo shoots, and two types of fish from that territory, which have been vetoed by the Customs Administration of the Asian giant.
The Ministry of Commerce also banned exports of sand from mainland China to Taiwan.
The affectionate military deployed for maneuvers around the island were joined last morning by 21 Chinese planes that entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense.
That department today accused China of “seriously violating” its “rights and territorial sovereignty” with the military maneuvers, which it described as a “sea and air blockade” and include live fire practices and the closure of sea and air space in areas where are made.
The visit of Pelosi, the third US authority and second in the line of succession to the White Houseis the first by a US House Speaker to Taiwan since 1997, when Republican Newt Gingrich visited the island.
It is also the highest-level visit by a US representative since that date, although several congressional delegations have passed through in recent months.
Their presence has constituted for Beijing a show of support for the independence of Taiwan, a territory over which Beijing claims sovereignty, considering it a rebel province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949, after losing the civil war against the communists.
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