Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan despite China warnings, says ‘America’s solidarity is more important today than ever’ | World News

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New Delhi: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday (August 2, 2022) despite China’s repeated warnings and said that “America’s solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important today than ever”. 

In an official statement issued upon arrival in Taipei, Nancy Pelosi and Members of a Congressional Delegation said, “Our visit is part of our broader trip to the Indo-Pacific — including Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan — focused on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance. 

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

“Our Congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy,” they said.

“Our visit is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances.  The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo,” the statement by Pelosi’s office added.

Pelosi’s visit is the first official visit to Taiwan by a Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in 25 years. The visit, however, has triggered increased tensions between China and the United States. 

China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, to be annexed by force if necessary, and views visits by foreign government officials as recognition of the island’s sovereignty.

Beijing had warned of “resolute and strong measures” if Pelosi went ahead with the trip.

Meanwhile, with tensions already high, several Chinese warplanes flew close to the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday morning before leaving later in the day. As per media reports, several Chinese warships have also sailed near the unofficial dividing line since Monday and remained there.

Four US warships, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, were also positioned in waters east of Taiwan on what the US Navy called routine deployments. The carrier had transited the South China Sea and was now in the Philippines Sea, east of Taiwan and the Philippines and south of Japan, Reuters reported citing a US Navy official.

Since last week, China’s People’s Liberation Army has also conducted various exercises, including live-fire drills, in the South China Sea, Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea, in a show of Chinese military might.

(With agency reports)

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