Tension has been going on with China for a long time on various global issues. And the mercury of the tension between the two countries has increased around the possible visit of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives of the lower house of the US Congress in Taiwan.
China has already threatened military action to prevent the visit of the US third most powerful politician to Taiwan. However, in this situation, Nancy Pelosi can go to Taiwan on Tuesday (August 2) to push the Chinese threat. This information was reported by the Reuters news agency on Tuesday, citing several sources.
According to reports, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to arrive in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, on Tuesday night. People briefed on Pelosi’s potential visit told Reuters.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported in a separate report that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan on Tuesday, three sources said. In addition, Washington said that the United States is not afraid of the threat that China “will not sit back” if Pelosi visits Taiwan.
A person with knowledge of Pelosi’s schedule said the majority of the US House of Representatives speaker’s visit to Taiwan is scheduled for Wednesday, according to Reuters. Pelosi is scheduled to meet with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on the same day. And Pelosi’s delegation will arrive in Taiwan early Wednesday.
However, the person said, “Everything is (still) uncertain
Taiwanese newspaper Liberty Times reported that Pelosi’s delegation is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday. However, the newspaper did not cite any sources in their report.
Pelosi was scheduled to visit Malaysia on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Pelosi began her Asia tour Monday through Singapore and will also visit South Korea and Japan, her office said. However, the visit to Taiwan is not mentioned here.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it had no comment on reports of Pelosi’s travel plans. But the White House said Pelosi has the right to go (to Taiwan). However, the White House has not confirmed whether Pelosi is actually visiting Taiwan.
However, China has repeatedly warned the US against Nancy Pelosi’s visit. White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington on Monday that Beijing could respond to Pelosi’s possible visit by launching missiles, conducting large-scale air or naval operations near Taiwan or making “false legal claims” that the Taiwan Strait is not an international waterway.
Kirby also said, ‘We will not step into traps or engage in saber rattling (military conflict). At the same time, we will not be afraid (of China’s military threat).”
Meanwhile, a source told Reuters that the United States had informed some allies about Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Two other sources said Pelosi is likely to meet with a small group of activists outspoken about China’s human rights situation while in Taiwan on Wednesday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan would be “extreme interference in China’s internal affairs.”
At the same time, he warned that it would have “very serious consequences and consequences”
Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference in Beijing today that Pelosi is the “third most important person” in the US government and said, “If she (Pelosi) has any plans to visit there (Taiwan), we will say – the consequences of that plan will be very serious.”
“We are ready to face any situation. The People’s Liberation Army (China’s Army) will not sit idly by. China must take strong and decisive steps to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Asked exactly what measures China’s military might take, Zhao said: “If he dares to go to Taiwan, let’s wait and see what happens
It should be noted that the tension between China and Western countries, including the United States, has been going on for a long time over the Taiwan issue. Taiwan is an island in East Asia, located east of the Taiwan Strait off the southeast coast of mainland China. However, Beijing has always considered Taiwan a province of its own.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said in October last year that Taiwan’s reunification with the mainland must be completed. For this reason, Beijing has left open the issue of military action.
On the other hand, Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, not a province of China. In response to such comments by the Chinese president, Taiwan said at that time that the future of the country will be in the hands of its people.
However, there is no lack of Beijing’s efforts to connect Taiwan with the Chinese mainland. China has stepped up military operations around the Taiwan Strait. Even like last year, since the beginning of this year, this global superpower has been violating Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
Incidentally, after the Communists seized power in China in 1949, Taiwan was separated from the mainland. However, Beijing has always considered Taiwan a province of its own. Since then, Taiwan has been governed by its own government.