Pelosi visit to Taiwan – latest: Chinese media calls House speaker’s trip ‘opening salvo of war’

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Nancy Pelosi sends ‘unequivocal message’ that ‘America stands with Taiwan’

China is reacting on several fronts to US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, with Chinese state media calling the trip “the first salvo of war”.

“The stage was set for war and the speaker’s visit may have lit the fuse,” the editorial said. world times.

China also summoned the US envoy to Beijing to deliver a harsh protest and warned that Washington “will pay the price” for its “mistakes”.

And Beijing says it will hold nearly a week of military drills including live-fire drills in six areas around Taiwan, which the island has called a “blockade”.

Previously, it imposed trade restrictions on certain food products and building materials.

Ms Pelosi received Taiwan’s highest civilian honor during her meeting with the Taiwanese president earlier in the day, where she reaffirmed US support for democracy on the disputed island.

“We will not let go of our commitment to Taiwan and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” Ms Pelosi said in a speech.

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EU calls for dialogue to reduce tensions around Pelosi’s visit

The European Union has called for the tensions sparked by Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan to be resolved through dialogue and for the lines of communication with China to remain open to avoid miscalculations.

“The EU has an interest in preserving peace and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,” said a spokesman for the bloc of 27.

“We encourage a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues. Tensions should be resolved through dialogue. Appropriate communication channels must be maintained to reduce the risk of miscalculation.

The European Commission spokesperson said the EU had “a clear one-China policy”, recognizing the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China while pursuing “friendly relations and close cooperation with Taiwan”.

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Chinese military actions are legitimate as exercises do not cause freedom of navigation issues

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told a briefing that China had not seen its military exercises around Taiwan cause freedom of navigation issues.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that the Chinese military actions were legitimate and were intended to deter Taiwan.

Tensions are high in the Taiwan Strait after Beijing announced targeted military operations in several areas around Taiwan following Nancy Pelosi’s arrival on the island.

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Chinese media hit out at Pelosi’s visit, calling it ‘opening salvo of war’

Chinese state media slammed Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, joining a chorus of disapproving comments from Beijing, as editorials in state-run newspapers today accuse the US of undermining the ‘principle of one China” and the “opening salvo of a war between the United States and the PRC”.

An editorial in the People’s Dailythe spokesman for China’s ruling Communist Party, said “the escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait is solely attributable to unilateral provocations by the United States.”

“China has full legitimacy to take all necessary countermeasures to safeguard its territorial integrity,” he added.

A world times The editorial said “any illusions that the United States is or ever was committed to the one-China principle evaporated” with Ms Pelosi’s visit.

“The stage was set for war and the speaker’s visit may have lit the fuse, as the PRC has probably lost all confidence in the sincerity of the United States on any issue,” he said. he declares.

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Taiwan is negotiating with Japan and the Philippines to find alternative air routes, according to local media

Taiwan is negotiating with neighboring Japan and the Philippines to find alternative air routes, the official Central News Agency (CNA) reported, after China announced exercises that the trade-dependent island said amounted to a “blockade”.

CNA reported, citing Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai, that there is no need for Taiwan’s global chipmaking hub to find alternatives to shipping, as ships can avoid Chinese drilling areas.

China’s threat to hold military drills including live-fire drills in six areas surrounding Taiwan comes in response to Pelosi’s visit. Beijing has also restricted some trade with Taipei (see post below).

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Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan creates ’embarrassment’, says Russian foreign minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a deliberate attempt by Washington to irritate China.

“I see no other reason to create such annoyance almost out of the blue, knowing full well what it means for the People’s Republic of China,” Lavrov said during a visit to Myanmar.

Ms Pelosi’s arrival yesterday in Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province, prompted a furious response from Beijing, including increased military tensions and trade restrictions, at a time when international tensions are already heightened by the conflict in Ukraine.

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Video: Pelosi Receives Taiwan’s Top Civilian Command, Reaffirms US Support for Democracy

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received Taiwan’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Auspicious Clouds, presented to her by the country’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, during the visit that sparked an escalation in military tensions with China. Ms Tsai draped the blue sash over the Speaker of the United States House during a meeting broadcast live from the presidential palace today and said it “represented their [Taiwan’s] gratitude to Pelosi and a desire to continue to advance U.S.-Taiwanese relations through increased cooperation.

Thanking the country for the honor and their “enduring friendship”, Ms Pelosi said, “America’s resolve to preserve democracy here in Taiwan and around the world remains steadfast.”

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Footage shows people cheering as Pelosi’s jet arrives in Taiwan

Video posted by Bloomberg’s Taipei bureau chief Samson Ellis shows Taiwanese people cheering for the arrival of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s jet last night, with many recording the plane on their smartphones as he landed.

Ms Pelosi arrived aboard “SPAR19”, a US Air Force Boeing C-40C, escorted by Taiwanese Air Force fighter jets, despite overwhelming pressure from China.

His jet was also the most tracked aircraft in the world yesterday.

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North Korea calls Pelosi visit to Taiwan ‘brazen interference’ by US

North Korea has slammed Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, calling it Washington’s “brazen interference” in another country’s internal affairs, backing China’s position on the matter.

An anonymous spokesperson for the Pyongyang Foreign Ministry said Ms Pelosi’s trip “raised serious concerns within the international community”.

“The current situation clearly shows that the United States’ brazen interference in the internal affairs of other countries and its intentional political and military provocations are, indeed, the root cause of the harassed peace and security in the region.” , said a spokesman for the ministry. as the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

“Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, and the Taiwan issue is China’s internal affairs.”

“We vehemently denounce any interference by external force in the Taiwan issue and fully support the Chinese government’s righteous stance to resolutely uphold the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the anonymous spokesperson added, according to the report. KCNA English.

“The US plan to disrupt China’s growth and development and its efforts to accomplish the cause of reunification are doomed.”

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China curbs trade with Taiwan after Pelosi visit

China has further restricted its trade with Taiwan amid escalating tensions following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the democratically-ruled island.

China’s Ministry of Commerce and Customs Department announced today that they are suspending exports of sand to Taiwan, a key material used in construction, as well as imports of Taiwanese citrus fruits and certain types of fish.

The customs unit said food imports had been halted due to the presence of pesticides and the coronavirus in some shipments, while the Commerce Ministry said it had suspended sand exports in accordance with unspecified legal provisions.

In a separate announcement, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said it would prohibit mainland Chinese companies and individuals from entering into financial transactions with two Taiwanese foundations, the Taiwan Democracy Foundation and the International Cooperation and Development Fund. from Taiwan.

The export restrictions came after Ms Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late yesterday night, amid Chinese condemnation of the highest level US visit to the island in 25 years.

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‘They didn’t say anything when the men came,’ says Pelosi on Chinese aggression

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi responded to the Chinese reaction to her visit by saying ‘they didn’t say anything when the men came’, referring to the US senators’ visit earlier This year.

“They made quite a fuss, because I’m a speaker, I guess. I don’t know if that was a reason or an excuse because they didn’t say anything when the men arrived,” Ms Pelosi said during a speech alongside Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei.

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