Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan provokes China
Islam News – U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the island of Taiwan in 25 years. Her arrival set up a high-stakes standoff between the U.S. and China.
China, which bristles at any perceived challenge to its claims over the island, responded by announcing plans for live-fire military drills in the waters and airspace encircling Taiwan, beginning on Thursday. Chinese officials had repeatedly warned Pelosi not to make the trip.
Soon after arriving Tuesday, Pelosi released a statement saying that the visit was a sign of America’s “unwavering commitment” to supporting Taiwan’s democracy.
But China’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Pelosi’s visit “seriously undermines China’s sovereignty.” The U.S. has expressed concern that China could use the visit to justify military action. Follow our live updates.
In Taiwan: The Taiwanese people have largely welcomed Pelosi’s visit. Their attitude reflects a political reality that has been hardening over the past decade; many of the island’s residents have grown weary of China’s threats and crave the support of the U.S.
Analysis: Pelosi’s trip could take the acrimony between the U.S. and China to new heights, and leave U.S. allies in a difficult position, analysts say.
The Kremlin described Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as “provocative,” aligning itself with China’s claims to Taiwan.
Source: The New York Times