Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan despite China’s ‘warning’, Beijing plans military ops
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, raising tensions between the US and China over the island that China claims as its own. The whole world was hooked onto a flight tracking site as US plane SPAR19 departed for Taipei from Malaysia on Tuesday evening.
When the much-anticipated landing finally happened, Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking elected US official to visit Taiwan in over 25 years. On the day of her visit, at least 21 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defence zone. Here are the top points.
Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.
Our discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirm our support for our partner & promote our shared interests, including advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi August 2, 2022
6 Earlier in the day, China had warned the US that it would have to pay the price for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
“The United States constantly distorts, obscures and hollows out the ‘One China’ principle. These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will perish by it,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.
7 Taiwan and China split in 1949 after the Communists won a civil war on the mainland. The US maintains informal relations and defense ties with Taiwan even as it recognises Beijing as the government of China.
8 The One China policy refers to a US policy on Taiwan. It “acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China” and “does not challenge that position.”
As tensions continue to simmer, it remains to be seen how Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will affect US-China relations.
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