Ahead of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s departure from Taiwan yesterday, she told the country’s leaders that she and other members of Congress in the US would not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island.
Today the world faces a choice between democracy and autocracy,” she said in a brief speech during a meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. “America’s determination to uphold democracy here in Taiwan and around the world is overshadowed by iron.”
China, which claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes any engagement by Taiwanese authorities with foreign governments, announced a series of military exercises around the island, parts of which were in Taiwanese waters. Will enter, and on Tuesday night issued a series of harsh statements after touching down the delegation. In Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
Taiwan condemned the planned actions. Captain Jian-Chang Yu told a briefing by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, “Such an act is equivalent to sealing Taiwan by air and sea, such an act covers the territory and territorial waters of our country, and seriously infringes on the territorial sovereignty of our country.”
Chinese military exercises, which include live fire, are to begin today and are Taiwan’s biggest target since 1995, when China fired massive missiles to show its displeasure over the visit of then-Taiwanese President Li Teng. Fired. Happened for America.
China’s official Xinhua news agency announced the military action on Tuesday night with a map outlining six different regions around Taiwan. Defense studies expert Arthur Xin-sheng Wang of Taiwan’s Central Police University said three areas violate Taiwan’s waters.
Using live fire in a country’s territorial airspace or water is risky, Mr Wang said, adding that “according to international rules of engagement, it could potentially be seen as an act of war.”
Ms Pelosi’s visit has raised more US-China tensions than visits by other members of Congress because of her high-level position as leader of the House of Representatives. She is the first speaker of the House to visit Taiwan in 25 years, since Newt Gingrich in 1997.
Taiwan’s President Tsai responded to Beijing’s military threat yesterday.
In his meeting with Pelosi, he said, “Taiwan will not back down in the face of deliberately heightened military threats.” “We will firmly uphold the sovereignty of our country and continue to defend democracy.”
Ms. Tsai thanked Ms. Pelosi for her decades of support for Taiwan, presenting her with a civilian honour, the Order of the Propious Clouds.
China’s response has been vigorous and varied. Shortly after Ms Pelosi landed, China announced a live-fire exercise, which reportedly began that night, as well as a four-day exercise starting today.
The Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army also flew a contingent of 21 warplanes, including fighter jets, towards Taiwan on Tuesday night.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng also summoned US Ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns on the same night to express his opposition to the country.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV published photos of the PLA exercises and video yesterday, although it was not clear where they were being held.
Ms Pelosi addressed Beijing’s threats yesterday morning, saying she hoped it was clear that China has prevented Taiwan from participating in some international meetings, “that they understand are as a show of friendship and support.” I will not stand in the way of people coming to Taiwan”.
Ms Pelosi said support for Taiwan is bipartisan in Congress and praised the island’s democracy. It stopped saying that the US would defend Taiwan militarily, emphasizing that Congress is “committed to the security of Taiwan, so that Taiwan can defend itself most effectively”.