China brands Pelosi’s Taiwan trip a ‘complete farce’ — Analysis
The US House speaker’s visit to Taipei will not change China’s path to reunification, Beijing says
China’s foreign minister has denounced the US House speaker’s trip to Taiwan as a “complete farce,”Notifying Beijing that they will not tolerate provocations
Wang Yi made the accusation of America during a Wednesday trip to Cambodia. “playing dirty tricks to encroach upon China’s sovereignty under the guise of democracy,” adding that that Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei will not change the One-China principle or “the irreversible historical trend of Taiwan’s return to the motherland.”
Wang continued to warn: “Those who play with fire will not come to a good end. Those who offend China will surely be punished.”
China views Taiwan, which was ruled over by a different government from the 1940s, as part of its territory. It opposes diplomatic recognition of Taiwan as an independent nation.
Pelosi made it to Taipei Tuesday night despite Beijing’s warnings. She became the highest-ranking US official in the 25 years since she visited the island. Pelosi met with Taiwanese President TsaiIng-wen, as well as other officials.
“I led a Congressional delegation to Taiwan to make [it] crystal clear that America stands with the people of Taiwan,”On Wednesday, the House of Representatives speaker sent a tweet.
China responded to this trip by staging quick military drills on the island. Chinese media described the drills as an exercise in a “rehearsal of war.” “reunification operation,”This was believed to include hypersonic missiles and jet fighters.
On Wednesday, the Group of Seven (G7) which includes the US, Canada and Britain as well as France, Germany Germany and Italy, condemned the Chinese exercises.
“There is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally,”This statement was also signed by the EU.
China and the USA have been accusing each other for destabilizing Taiwan and larger Indo-Pacific regions. Beijing has opposed Washington’s arms sales to Taipei, while the US has accused China of intimidating the island’s government.
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