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.”
It was also my high honor to receive from President @iingwen of Taiwan the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon: a symbol of our treasured friendship. Make no mistake: America remains unwavering in our commitment to the people of Taiwan– now & for decades to come. pic.twitter.com/yFcVQil4TT
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 3, 2022
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.
Together with former political prisoners our delegation visited the Nat’l Human Rights Museum: a tribute to heroes who suffered & fought for Taiwan’s Democracy. Then we heard from civil society leaders on human rights. We came to listen & learn; we left inspired by their courage. pic.twitter.com/dsKa02n0Ka
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 3, 2022
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Pelosi's visit to China's Taiwan region was a "complete farce," and "those who play with fire will perish by it, and those who offend China will be punished" at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/3nREnVZ8r6
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 3, 2022
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UPDATE: Pelosi lands in Taiwan
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed in Taiwa
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is making the highest-level trip in 25 years by a U.S. government official to Taiwan, a self-governing island that China’s Communist Party claims as a part of its territory.
According to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan during her trip to Asia. However, the Biden administration, and China, have warned her not to go.
Tensions between China and Taiwan have caused the White House concern over how Pelosi’s visit might invoke a reaction from China. Currently the delegation’s itinerary publicly includes stops in South Korea and Japan, but not Taiwan.
CNN reports that during a regular foreign ministry briefing Monday, China warned against the “egregious political impact” of Pelosi’s planned visit to the self-governing island that China claims as a part of its territory and reiterated that its military “won’t sit by idly” if Beijing feels its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is being threatened.
“We would like to tell the US once again that China is standing by, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by. China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, when asked about the fallout from Pelosi leading a congressional delegation to Taipei.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan during her Asia trip, despite warnings from Biden officials worried about China's responsehttps://t.co/joU9Qyu92v
— CNN (@CNN) August 1, 2022
“As for what measures, if she dares to go, then let’s wait and see,” Zhao added.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the administration’s line that it is Pelosi’s decision whether she visits, adding, “we do not know what Speaker Pelosi intends to do.”
The Taiwanese official stated Pelosi is expected to be in Taiwan overnight, although it is unclear when she will land. The U.S. official says the Defense Department is securing a safety plan for the Speaker, as well as monitoring Chinese “movements” in the region.
“Congress is an independent, coequal branch of government,” Blinken said at the United Nations on Monday afternoon. “The decision is entirely the Speaker’s…And so if the speaker does decide to visit and China tries to create some kind of crisis or otherwise escalate tensions, that would be entirely on Beijing,” Blinken said. “We are looking for them, in the event she decides to visit, to act responsibly and not to engage in in any escalation going forward.”
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