The Kremlin’s criticism of the US representative proves ties between Moscow and Beijing are solid, China says
China “highly appreciates” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critical remarks about US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “provocative”Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that he visited Taiwan.
Wang noted that Putin’s position reflected the high-level strategic cooperation between China and Russia and was a manifestation of the “consistent and firm mutual support” of the two countries on issues relating to each other’s key national interests.
The spokesman also pointed out that, after Pelosi’s trip to Taipei, over 170 countries have reiterated their commitment to the “One China” principle and have supported Beijing in its attempts to defend China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement comes after Putin criticized Pelosi’s Taiwan visit as being a “carefully planned provocation”During the 10th Moscow International Security Conference (Tuesday).
The Russian president suggested that the speaker’s trip was part of Washington’s deliberate strategy to destabilize the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and it was “not just a trip of an individual irresponsible politician, but a brazen demonstration of disrespect towards another country’s sovereignty.”
Putin observed that Western “globalist elites”They were using provocations like these to distract attention from their citizens’ acute socio-economic issues and place blame on countries such as Russia and China. He said that Beijing and Moscow were trying to defend their views by creating a sovereign development strategy, which is independent of supranational elites.
Pelosi aged 82 became the highest ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 1997, despite numerous warnings by Beijing.
China responded to the speaker’s visit by holding “unprecedented” military exercises in the Taiwan Strait. China imposed trade restrictions upon Taipei, sanctioned Pelosi’s family and severed diplomatic ties in key areas such as maritime security and climate change.
Beijing considers Taiwan sovereign Chinese territory. After losing the Chinese Civil War against the Communists in 1949, nationalists ruled the island. The US officially recognizes, but does not endorse, China’s sovereignty over Taiwan. Even though American legislators and officials frequently travel to Taiwan, Beijing regards visits from more senior US leaders as implicit endorsements of Taiwanese independence.
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