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The planned visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn a fierce response from China, which has warned of ‘strong measures’ if the US refuses to cancel the trip.
Pelosi was would have is scheduled to visit Taiwan on Sunday as part of his planned trip to Japan this weekend, but Pelosi’s office and the Taiwanese government have yet to issue official confirmation.
Pelosi’s next trip to Japan is now delayed because the Speaker of the House has tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for Pelosi said she was asymptomatic and received a vaccine and a booster shot.
The visit would have coincided with the 43rd anniversary of the United States’ signing of the Taiwan Relations Act, which provides “the legal basis for the unofficial relationship between the United States and Taiwan”, according to the state department.
During press conference in Beijing on Thursday, Zhao said, “If the United States insists on going its own way, China will take strong action in response to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. All possible consequences arising therefrom shall be borne entirely by the US side.
In a Thursday op-ed by former editor Hu Xijin, Chinese state media world times said Pelosi’s visit would be “Washington’s most serious provocation to China on the Taiwan issue. He recommended that the United States, “while the crisis in Ukraine is still unfolding,” should “appease China in exchange for not increasing support for Russia. However, the United States deliberately takes the offensive against China, affecting China’s financial results and trying to pressure China into strategic submission.
Spokesperson for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joanne Ou pointed out that asking U.S. officials and dignitaries to visit is “an important part” of the office’s job, and official announcements of such trips would be made in a timely manner.
The Kuomintang, a major political party in Taiwan, tweeted a welcome message to Pelosi, hoping “to exchange views on issues of common concern during the visit.”
Vice President of Taiwan William Lai met Pelosi in January as he wrapped up a visit to the United States and Honduras.
After the meeting, Lai tweeted, “I had the pleasure of meeting @SpeakerPelosi, a champion of human rights and a true friend of Taiwan. We are committed to working together to strengthen the US-Taiwanese partnership. »
The last time an American Speaker of the House officially traveled to Taiwan was Newt Gingrich in 1997.
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