Beijing says Washington ‘must pay the price’ for Nancy Pelosi’s ‘deliberately provocative’ visit to Taiwan
Vice Foreign Minister XieFeng summoned on Tuesday evening the US Ambassador in China Nicholas Burns to lodge a formal request “stern representations” over the House Speaker’s visit to Taiwan and warn Washington against going further down the “dangerous path”Beijing.
“The move is extremely egregious in nature and the consequences are extremely serious. China will not sit idly by,”According to Xinhua, Xie said it to Burns.
“Taiwan is China’s Taiwan, and Taiwan will eventually return to the embrace of the motherland,”Xie also noted that the force should never be underestimated by any individual or organization. “firm resolve, strong will and great capability”Chinese People to “defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
After Pelosi touched down in Taipei late on Tuesday, Beijing has announced a series of military exercises and live-fire drills in six large maritime areas and their air space around Taiwan.
“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is on high alert and will launch a series of targeted military operations to counter this, resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolutely thwart external interference and ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist attempts,”Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the defense ministry made a short statement.
Pelosi also released a statement after arriving in Taipei, claiming her visit honors Washington’s “unwavering commitment”To the island self-governing, but in “no way contradicts”The long-standing US policy towards Taiwan.
Nancy Pelosi is the third-highest ranking official of the US government and currently touring the Asia region. After visiting Singapore and Malaysia, she is scheduled to attend high-level discussions in South Korea or Japan. Prior to the trip, Taiwan wasn’t on her itinerary.
Taiwan has been self-governed since 1949, when China’s nationalist government fled to the island following its defeat in the civil war. Beijing considers the island an integral part of the country’s territory and has repeatedly warned that the One China principle is a red line that no country is allowed to cross.
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