ISLAMABAD, Aug (Alliance News): Despite China’s warning, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on a military plane, the first visit by a US official in 25 years, which is expected to increase tensions between the two countries.
According to foreign media report, the American delegation led by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi disembarked from the US Air Force plane at the Songshan Airport in the center of Taipei, where Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Taiwan He was welcomed by US High Representative Sandra Odkirk.
Nancy Pelosi said in a statement shortly after arriving in Taiwan that the visit of our congressional delegation is a sign of America’s unwavering commitment to support active democracy in Taiwan.
America’s solidarity with Taiwan’s 23 million people is more important today than ever as the world faces a choice between dictatorship and democracy.
It should be noted that the US official Nancy Pelosi is on a visit to four countries in Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, while her stop in Taiwan was not announced before, but the visit to Taiwan was expected.
Chinese warplanes flew over the dividing line across the Taiwan Strait ahead of her arrival on Tuesday, as China’s leadership warned the US ahead of Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in his latest statement on Tuesday that American politicians playing with fire on the Taiwan issue will not end well.
The US said on Monday that it cannot be intimidated by Chinese ‘sabre-rattling’.
A person familiar with Nancy Pelosi’s trip said most of her meetings are scheduled, with President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday to meet with a group of activists who have been vocal about China’s human rights record. Let’s talk.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it did not comment on reports of Nancy Pelosi’s travel plans, while her office also remained silent.
On Tuesday night, Taiwan’s tallest building, Taipei 101, lit up with messages from ‘Welcome to Taiwan Speaker Nancy Pelosi’.
China is in contact with the US on the expected visit to Taiwan, the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Earlier, the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chenying, said that they are in contact with the United States regarding the expected visit of the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
According to the report of the foreign news agencies, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi started her visit to four Asian countries from Singapore amid intense speculation on Monday. It was thought that she could incur Beijing’s displeasure by visiting Taiwan.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a statement on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, without naming Nancy Pelosi, that the violation of trust by the United States on the issue of Taiwan is reprehensible.
Beijing recognizes the sovereign island of Taiwan as its own and has reiterated that it will one day occupy the island and use force if necessary.
China is busy trying to isolate Taiwan on the world stage and opposes countries that have official relations with Taiwan, the report said.
However, last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking to US President Joe Biden, warned the US not to play with fire on the issue of Taiwan.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Nancy Pelosi has the right to go wherever she wants.
He told reporters that there was no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit into a crisis in line with long-standing US policies.
Remember that US House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich was the last official to visit Taiwan in 1997.
John Kirby cites intelligence that China is likely preparing for a military provocation.
He said Nancy Pelosi was traveling on a military plane and while Washington did not fear a direct attack, it was open to error.
However, John Kirby explained that there has been no change in US policy towards Taiwan.
This means supporting Taipei’s self-governing government while recognizing Beijing diplomatically and opposing Taiwan’s formal declaration of independence or China’s forcible occupation, the report said.
Meanwhile, Moscow said it fully stands in solidarity with China and dismissed the prospect of Nancy Pelosi’s visit as pure provocation.
China has previously refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but has been accused of providing diplomatic cover to the Kremlin by promoting arms sales to Kyiv despite Western sanctions.