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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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Biden to lift sanctions on China in exchange for third promise to combat fentanyl

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Reportedly President Joe Biden is making deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping to help improve anti-drug trafficking measures. China is one of the top fentanyl producers and distributors, culminating in a pandemic of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the United States.

The Biden administration will be lifting sanctions on a Chinese government ministry, in exchange for bolstering anti-drug trafficking measures, Bloomberg reported. “We’re hoping to see some progress on that issue this coming week,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday, according to the New York Post. “That could then open the door to further cooperation on other issues where we aren’t just managing things, but we’re actually delivering tangible results.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation noted that should a deal materialize, it will be at least the third time that China has promised to get tough on fentanyl. In 2016, China agreed to increase counter-narcotics operations, and Xi again agreed to launch a crackdown in 2018. Nonetheless, China and Mexico are “the primary source countries for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly into the United States,” according to a 2020 DEA intelligence report.

“China remains the primary source of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked through international mail and express consignment operations environment, as well as the main source for all fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States.”

President Joe Biden and Xi are meeting for the first time in over a year during this week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco. Sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will crack down on Chinese companies manufacturing chemical precursors for fentanyl in exchange for the U.S. lifting sanctions on the Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science, which the Commerce Department added to the Entity List in 2020 for “engaging in human rights violations and abuses” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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