CHINA Protests Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

Defying  repeated  warnings by PRC, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives  comparable to India’s Lok Sabha, arrived in Tawaian. Twenty-one Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan’s air defence zone as she landed in Taiwan which China considers its inalienable part of its territory. After Pelosi spoke at the Taiwanese Parliament, China summoned the American envoy in Beijing to lodge a stern protest. It warned that Washington will “pay a price” for its  “mistakes” and asked it to stop using the Taiwan issue to contain China in any form. As some leading international commentators say China is a threat to rest of world. Giving financial aid to poor and powerless country, especially Africa and south-east Asia zone, is part of their game plan. China has strongly condemned the first visit by a US House speaker belonging to the Republican Party since 1997.  Some Republican Party lawmakers have praised her visit to Taiwan struggling to safeguard its territorial integrity and sovereignty. Pelosi arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday morning for the second leg of her high profile Asia tour amid the US military plane carrying her and the Congressional delegation landed at Taiwan Songshan Airport just before 11pm local time.  In an op-ed published in The Washington Post Pelosi, Pelosi, 82 years old, described her visit as being “an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom”. Pelosi becomes the highest US elected official to visit Taiwan  since  then House speaker Newt Gingrich who was there  in 1997. Pelosi left the US on Sunday and began her visit in Singapore. Her office has said she will also travel to South Korea and Japan. The Independent reported the White House said the US position on Taiwan remains what it has been over the last four decades and stressed that any visit to the island by Pelosi reflects neither a change in policy nor the wishes of the Biden administration. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Pelosi had not publicly confirmed any travel plans. The decision on whether or not to visit the island despite recent saber-rattling by the Chinese government is hers and hers alone due to the separation of powers laid out in the US constitution. Kirby added that the US continues to oppose “unilateral changes to the status quo from either side”. “We have said that we do not support Taiwan independence and we have said that we expect cross-strait differences to be resolved by peaceful means. “Put simply, there is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with long-standing US policy into some sort of crisis or conflict or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military, he added. Edited by PKC

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