We will not allow China to isolate Taiwan, says US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Japanese PM calls Chinese missiles a ‘serious problem’

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The statement by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came a day after China launched “the largest ever” live-fire exercises in six areas around Taiwan. The move would be in retaliation for the House Speaker’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week.

The United States (US) “will not allow” China to isolate Taiwan, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a day after China launched military exercises encircling Taiwan. She made the remarks in Tokyo, the latest leg of an Asia tour that was highlighted by a visit to Taiwan that infuriated China.

“They may try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there… We will not allow them to isolate Taiwan,” Pelosi said. , quoted by the AFP news agency. Friday in Tokyo.

Pelosi and five other members of Congress arrived in Tokyo on Thursday evening after visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. At a press conference on Friday, she said the friendship between the United States and Taiwan was “strong”.

She added that the Asia trip was never meant to change the status quo in Taiwan. “It’s about the Taiwan Relations Act, the US-China policy, all the laws and agreements that established our relationship – bringing peace to the Taiwan Strait and maintaining the status quo. “, she said.

Speaking of human rights, Nancy Pelosi said the US and China need to communicate. “If we don’t stand up for human rights in China because of business interests, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere in the world,” she said.

Chinese military exercises around Taiwan

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that Chinese fighter jets and warships had crossed the median line again. “Several PLA aircraft and ships were detected participating in drills around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the median line,” the ministry said in a tweet.

The ministry called Beijing’s latest military drills “highly provocative.” “This Chinese military exercise, whether launching ballistic missiles or deliberately crossing the median line of the strait, is a highly provocative act,” he said in a statement.

On Thursday, China kicked off its “largest” live-fire military drills in six areas around Taiwan. The move was reportedly in retaliation for the House Speaker’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. China “chose to overreact” to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the White House said on Friday.

Meanwhile, Taiwan called the drills “illegitimate, irresponsible” and said its military would continue to heighten its level of vigilance and respond appropriately to the “enemy situation”.

Chinese missiles are a serious problem: Japanese PM

Five Chinese ballistic missiles, launched as part of the drills, reportedly landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone off Hateruma, an island in the southernmost part of Japan’s main islands. Reacting to this, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that Chinese missiles are “a serious problem that affects our national security”.

He said Chinese military exercises targeting Taiwan represent a “serious problem” that threatens regional peace and security. Missile launches must be “stopped immediately”, he said, quoted by the Associated Press news agency.

(With contributions from AP, AFP, Reuters)

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