Nancy Pelosi sends an unmistakable message that America stands with Taiwan
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan aboard a US Air Force plane Wednesday evening, wrapping up a historic high-stakes visit that drew a slew of responses from China.
Beijing has warned that those who abuse it will be “punished”, while Chinese state media described the spokesman’s trip as a “shootout of war”.
China says it will hold nearly a week of military exercises that include live-fire exercises in six areas surrounding Taiwan, which the island has dubbed “the Siege”. Earlier, it imposed trade restrictions on some food and building materials.
Meanwhile, Russia backed China’s assertion that the trip was a deliberate attempt by Washington to anger Beijing, while a Kremlin spokesman said the tension arising from Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan “should not be underestimated.”
Pelosi received Taiwan’s highest civilian award during her meeting with the Taiwanese president earlier today, where she affirmed US support for democracy on the disputed island.
“We will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” Pelosi said in a letter.
Foreign Secretary Anthony Blinken joins G7 diplomats and calls on China to maintain ‘status quo’
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken joined fellow G7 diplomats in calling on China not to use force to disrupt the “status quo” in the Taiwan Strait after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
“We call on the People’s Republic of China not to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region, and to resolve differences across the Straits by peaceful means,” he wrote in a tweet. “There is no change in the relevant One China policies, where applicable, and the basic positions on Taiwan of the G7 members.”
Greg GraziosiAugust 3, 2022 22:00
Southeast Asian companies respond to China’s comments after Pelosi’s visit
Several Southeast Asian countries issued statements calling on China to maintain peace after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If not managed well, it could lead to open conflict and disrupt peace and stability, including in Taiwan [S]Jakarta officials said in a statement. It called on “all parties to refrain from provocative actions that may exacerbate the situation.”
“The world is in dire need of the wisdom and responsibilities of all leaders to ensure that peace and stability are maintained,” Indonesian officials said in a statement.
The Thai government also urged peace.
“We do not wish to see any actions that would exacerbate tensions and undermine peace and stability in the region,” said ministry spokesman Tani Sangrat. “We hope that all parties involved will exercise maximum restraint, abide by international law and principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolve their differences by peaceful means.”
Greg GraziosiAugust 3, 2022 21:27
The G7 countries denounced China for destabilizing the Taiwan Strait over Pelosi’s visit
The G7 nations issued a joint statement denouncing China for “destabilizing” the Taiwan Strait during House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
“There is no justification for using the visit as a pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait,” the G7 foreign ministers said in a statement.
Diplomats from the organization said they were “concerned by recent and declared threatening actions by the People’s Republic of China, in particular live-fire exercises and economic coercion, which may lead to an unnecessary escalation.”
Greg GraziosiAugust 3, 2022 20:52
National Security Council spokesman Admiral John Kirby says the US and China are not on the ‘brink’
National Security Council spokesman Admiral John Kirby appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday and said that despite China’s comments in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the United States and Beijing were not “on edge.”
Mr Kirby said he doesn’t “believe we’re on the brink right now, and there’s certainly no reason for anyone talking about being on the brink to move forward”.
Greg GraziosiAugust 3, 2022 20:11
Pelosi leaves Taiwan for South Korea
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has left Taiwan after spending a day there meeting with officials. Chinese forces continued to conduct military exercises around the time of her departure as a way to show their displeasure at her visit.
Pelosi will now travel to South Korea, where she will meet with National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, leaders of the ruling People’s Power Party and the opposition Korean Democratic Party.
South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol will not meet with Ms. Pelosi. He is on a planned holiday, although commentators have speculated that he may be trying to avoid meeting with the speaker of the House of Representatives to avoid angering China.
Greg GraziosiAugust 3, 2022 19:49
White House press secretary and Fox News host squabble over Biden’s disapproval of Pelosi’s trip
White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre and Fox News’ Peter Dossey quarreled Wednesday over the fact that Joe Biden had not endorsed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Doocy asked Ms Jean-Pierre if Biden was “worried about hurting Xi’s feelings,” referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Ms Jean-Pierre responded that Biden had made it clear they couldn’t tell members of Congress where to go, which led Mr. Ducey to say that Republican leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham, praised Pelosi for the trip. .
Ms. Jean-Pierre refused to say that Biden supported the trip.
Republicans have succeeded in putting Biden in a difficult position. By offering their support and expressing his silence, it makes the president appear fearful of angering Beijing. If he agrees to her trip, it could escalate the already escalating tensions between the two countries.
Greg GraziosiAugust 3, 2022 19:20
White House: There is no reason for China to turn the Taiwan trip into a crisis
While answering reporters’ questions during a briefing, the White House press secretary reiterated the Biden administration’s position regarding Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan this week, noting that “members of Congress have the right to travel to any place they choose” and added that there was no reason for that. China turns the visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives into a “crisis”.
“There is no reason for Beijing to turn this visit, which is in line with long-standing US policy, into some kind of crisis,” Karen-Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday. “We have been very clear that there is no change in the one-China policy, which guides the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. That has not changed.”
The press secretary emphasized that the United States did not want a crisis, but indicated that the administration was prepared to “manage what Beijing chooses to do about it.”
There is a Chinese official who says that the United States must pay for its mistake. And we mean what we say when the Chinese threaten the United States that the president takes them seriously.”
“Nothing has changed when it comes to our policies.”
Joanna ChisholmAugust 3, 2022 19:02
Video: China said nothing when the men came
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stressed that Chinese officials did not make a “big fuss” when male US leaders visited the self-governing island nation earlier this year.
In April, five senators from Taiwan and the spokesperson suggested that Beijing’s response was muted compared to the reception elicited by its unannounced trip.
She later said that China probably “made a lot of noise because I’m talking” before sarcastically saying “they said nothing when the men came,” a joke that was met with great laughter.
Watch the full clip below.
Pelosi on a visit to Taiwan: China ‘said nothing when the men came’
Joanna ChisholmAugust 3, 2022 18:42
Canada calls on China to de-escalate tensions
On Wednesday, Canada’s foreign minister said she was concerned about recent tensions in the Taiwan Strait after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei this week and specifically called on China to calm the situation.
“We believe that lawmakers are making visits around the world and it is clear that the visit cannot be used as a justification for heightened tensions or an excuse,” Jolie told reporters in Montreal while speaking alongside her German counterpart Annalena Birbock.
“So, in that sense, we call on China not to escalate because we believe that there may be risks of not only heightened tensions, but also destabilization of the region,” Jolie added.
Joanna ChisholmAugust 3, 2022 18:08
Kremlin: Tension over Pelosi’s visit ‘not to be underestimated’
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the spillover effects and tension from Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan “should not be underestimated.”
Asked by a reporter if the Kremlin spokesman thought the world was on the brink of war, Peskov responded by saying that he would not describe the current geopolitical tensions as such, but echoed previous comments made by Russian foreigners. The minister, who said the visit was a “provocation”.
The spokesman pointed out that there are no new meetings scheduled between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in light of the recent visit.
Joanna ChisholmAugust 3, 2022 17:33
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