House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the United States cannot allow China to establish a “new normal” to put pressure on Taiwan through military exercises and fighter jet strikes. Beijing proceeded after she visited the self-governing island.
China on Wednesday announced that it had “excellently completed” a week-long and unprecedented military exercise that essentially encircled Taiwan.
Initially, the People’s Liberation Army announced war games in the bustling Taiwan Strait from August 4 to 7, a day after Pelosi, the highest-ranking American leader visited Taiwan for 25 years, leaving Taipei after high-level meetings. It then continued to expand them, keeping the breakaway island on tents.
“What we see with China is that they’re trying to establish a new normal. And we can’t let that happen,” Pelosi said at a news conference Wednesday, referring to the exercises. provocation.
The Chinese military exercises involve hundreds of warplanes, dozens of naval vessels, including an aircraft carrier battle group with nuclear submarines towed, in the context of vehicles. Official media assert that such wars in the bustling Taiwan Strait will be the new normal.
Pelosi’s trip to Taipei angered Beijing, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province that must be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.
Taiwan has accused China of using recent drills to mount an invasion.
“We are not there to talk about China. We went there to praise Taiwan. And we went there to show our friendship to say, ‘China can’t isolate Taiwan,” Pelosi asserted at Wednesday’s press conference after a trip to Asia.
“The visit makes a clear statement that America’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific is unshakable,” Pelosi noted.
The United States, along with a number of world powers, talked about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the context of China’s increasing military mobilization in the region. resource-rich area.
China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military facilities in the South China Sea. China also has a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea. Pelosi said her bilateral discussions focused on seizing opportunities and addressing common challenges, including maintaining democracy in the face of autocracy, promoting strong economic growth force, including through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and governance, to respond to COVID-19 and the climate crisis.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks told reporters that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan shows that no matter what Chinese President Xi Jinping says, the United States will stand with its friends and allies.
Indian-American congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who was part of the congressional delegation to Taiwan, was also present at the press conference.
He said the delegation discussed the backlog of pending arms sales to Taiwan.
In addition to Taiwan, Pelosi’s delegation also visited Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
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