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Pelosi says ‘America stands’ with Taiwan, receiving backlash from China, Iran, Syria

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi followed through on her promise to visit Taiwan and declare the United States stands behind the island and their sovereignty. “Make no mistake: America remains unwavering in our commitment to the people of Taiwan– now & for decades to come” Pelosi tweeted, along with photographs of her meeting.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan a “political provocation” and says Beijing “absolutely does not accept this.” Adversaries Iran and Syria also released statements Tuesday joining other Chinese allies condemning the U.S. delegation’s visit to Taiwan.

Fox News reports the Syrian Foreign Ministry called the delegation “an act of hostility which doesn’t match with the international law, and doesn’t respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China.”

“Syria recognizes only one China,” the ministry said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran views respect to the territorial integrity of countries as the basis of its foreign policy, and support for one-China policy in this framework is unquestionable.”

Speaking to a group of reporters following her meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Pelosi stated:

“I do think that the it’s really important for the message to be clear that in the Congress, House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans are committed to the security of Taiwan in order to have Taiwan be able to most effectively defend themselves.”

“What matters to us is that we salute the successes of Taiwan. We work together for the security of Taiwan,” she added.

Pelosi added one purpose of her trip was “to show the world the success of the people of Taiwan, their courage to change their own country to become more democratic.”

“Our delegation came here to send an unequivocal message. America stands with Taiwan,” she concluded.

Pelosi’s comments come as the U.S. continues to send aid and weapons to Ukraine to ensure its security against Russia. Experts often compare Ukraine and Taiwan and have predicted China, like Russia, could soon launch a military invasion on the island, reports Fox News.

 

 

 

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TX Gov Abbott latest in line of government officials to ban TikTok

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is the latest politician to ban the popular social media platform TikTok from all government-issued devices. all government-issued cell phones, laptops, tablets, and desktops are to be included in the ban in order to protect sensitive government information.

“TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users’ devices — including when, where, and how they conduct internet activity — and offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government,” Abbott said in a letter to state officials.

Just last week, FBI Director Chris Wray warned that the Chinese government could use TikTok to manipulate content or users, as well as gain access to private information. He also noted the Chinese Communist Party does not share the same values as the United States, claiming that it is something “that should concern us.”

Also this week, Indiana’s attorney general, Todd Rotika, sued TikTok for “allegedly deceiving users about how the Chinese government can access their data” reports adn America. 

Just one day prior, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a similar ban on TikTok, and for Chinese technology companies Huawei and ZTE.

TikTok responded directly to Hogan’s ban, stating:

“We believe the concerns driving these decisions are largely fueled by misinformation about our company. We are happy to continue having constructive meetings with state policymakers to discuss our privacy and security practices. We are disappointed that many state agencies, offices, and universities will no longer be able to use TikTok to build communities and connect with constituents.”

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