Pelosi lands in Taiwan; China announces fighter flights, firing exercises – diplomat | Latest Updates

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation landed in Taiwan late Tuesday local time, following persistent stern warnings from Chinese officials and the media against the trip. Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu with Sandra Odkirk, head of the de facto US embassy in Taiwan, were to greet Pelosik on his arrival.

in Taiwan, Pelosi hope to meet With Taiwan’s legislators as well as President Tsai Ing-wen.

“Our congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” Pelosi said. said in a statement Issued upon his arrival in Taiwan.

“… Our discussions with the Taiwanese leadership will focus on reaffirming our support for our partner and promoting our shared interests, including advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The US with Taiwan’s 23 million people Today’s solidarity is more important than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy.”

In keeping with previous precedent, Pelosi’s visit was not officially confirmed in advance by his office or the government of Taiwan. But after several leaks in the media, the visit attracted worldwide attention, as China warned against it and the United States insisted that “we will not be afraid,

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Pelosi departed Malaysia on Tuesday evening, matching Taiwanese media reports that she would arrive on the island Tuesday night local time. Taiwan’s tallest building, Taipei 101, lights up at around 9 p.m. with bilingual messages welcoming Pelosi to Taiwan. By that time, so many people were following his projected flight online that the flight tracking site Flightradar24 warns “Extremely heavy load” on their website which was causing problems for some users.

Also, on Tuesday evening, the website of Taiwan’s presidential office was made offline. a spokesperson announced later that a DDoS cyber attack was responsible and that the outage lasted exactly 20 minutes before access was restored. However, both the website of the President’s Office and the website of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs remained offline intermittently as of Tuesday evening.

White House National Security Council spokesman on Monday John Kirby insisted US Congress visits to Taiwan are regular. “Simply put, Beijing has long-standing US policy to use a potential visit as a pretext to turn some sort of crisis into some sort of crisis or to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” Kirby said. There’s no reason to do it.”

He also emphasized that “nothing has changed – nothing has changed – regarding our One China policy … we have said – and we have said again and again – that we are on both sides of the status quo. We oppose any unilateral change. We have said that we do not support Taiwan’s independence. And we have said that we expect cross-strait differences to be resolved through peaceful means.”

“… nothing about this potential visit … will change the status quo,” Kirby summed up. “And the world must reject any PRC attempt to use it to do so.”

However, China’s leaders clearly see the United States’ Taiwan policy as undergoing an evolution, with more frequent and increasingly high-level visits. Coming into a vacuum, Pelosi’s visit might not have elicited such a strong response. But it comes amid increasingly vocal signs of US support for Taiwan. With officials devoting more and more time in talks with US counterparts to issuing warnings about Taiwan, China is at pains to back down against this approach. A Chinese commentator writing for The Diplomat called US Taiwan policy “the most dangerous issue in Sino-US strategic competition”.

Beijing apparently wanted to draw a hard line in the sand to force the US to reconsider the increasing intensification of exchanges with Taiwan. Thus, none of the high-level visits of the past two years – including several congressional delegations, as well as a highly placed State Department official and a cabinet secretary – have sparked a massive backlash from China. Beijing has sent out strong signals that this will not happen this time.

“We would like to once again make it clear to the US side that the Chinese side is fully prepared for any eventuality and that the People’s Liberation Army of China will never sit idly by, and we will respond resolutely and continue to defend China. Will take strong retaliatory measures for sovereignty and territorial integrity,” MEA spokesperson told reporters on Monday.

Soon after Pelosi’s plane landed, China’s foreign ministry issued a lengthy pre-written statement Condemning the visit as a “serious attack on the political foundations of China-US relations” and a “serious violation of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”. It accused the United States of breaking its old commitment to conduct only informal exchanges with Taiwan.

“The Taiwan issue is the most important, most important and most sensitive issue in China-US relations,” the statement said. “At the moment, the situation in the Taiwan Strait is facing a new round of tension and serious challenges. The root cause is that Taiwan and officials on the US side are changing the status quo endlessly.” Specifically, the statement accused the government of Taiwan of following a gradual course towards independence, and accused the US of “a constantly distorting and hollowing out the China doctrine”. (Note that the United States has never actually accepted One China Theory, but instead holds a china Policy, Which effectively accepts Beijing’s claims on Taiwan without actually recognizing or validating those claims.)

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Ahead of Pelosi’s visit, China announced that it would conduct ammunition firing exercises on its east coast in the Taiwan Strait. China too allegedly posted Its two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and Shandong, on July 31 and August 1, while the US carrier Ronald Reagan was also in the general area as of Tuesday. Before Pelosi’s flight landed, Chinese military aircraft and naval ships “squeezed” the midline in the Taiwan Strait, in which A source told Reuters Was a “very provocative” move.

China too restricted imports From “more than 100 Taiwanese firms”, carrying on a previously seen strategy of economic coercion against Taiwanese imports.

As Pelosi’s plane was landing in Taiwan, Chinese state media reported that “China’s Su-35 fighter jets are crossing the Taiwan Strait.” Chinese army too Announced “important military exercises and training activities including live fire exercises” Will be held from Thursday to Sunday in several areas that surround Taiwan.

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