Amid lingering tensions between the US and China over the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, Pakistan, an “all-weather” “friend” of Beijing has expressed support for the ‘One-China’ policy.
This comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is second in line for the Oval Office after the US Vice President, visited Taiwan and her country’s unwavering commitment to supporting reaffirmed Taiwanese democracy.
This has annoyed China, as the country believes it is a violation of its “One-China” policy, but the US has said that this trip in no way contradicts the United States’ long-standing policy. States on the self-governed island.
While expressing its support for China’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity” in a statement on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry wrote: “Pakistan is deeply concerned about the evolving situation in the Taiwan Strait, which has serious implications for regional peace and stability.”
It added that the country is sticking to the ‘One-China’ policy and making a strong case for it. Citing the situation in Eastern Europe and its consequences, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the world is already witnessing a security situation and destabilizing effects on international food and energy security.
“The world cannot afford another crisis that will negatively impact global peace, security and economy,” the Pakistani FO statement insisted.
“Pakistan strongly believes that relations between states should be based on mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs and peaceful resolution of problems by upholding the principles of the UN Charter, international law and bilateral agreements,” he added. it up to it.
The ‘one China’ policy is the diplomatic acknowledgment of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government. Under the policy, the US recognizes and has formal ties with China rather than the island of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province that will one day be reunited with the mainland.
Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan came to an end on Wednesday as she departed the self-governed island after a short and harrowing trip that raised the bar in the Taiwan Strait.
China, meanwhile, has said that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was a serious violation of the One China Principle and the terms of the joint communiqué signed between the two countries. It had also announced live shooting as part of its military operations near Taiwan in response to Pelosi’s visit.
House Speaker Pelosi released a statement describing her high-stakes trip to Taipei as a “strong statement that America stands behind Taiwan”.
She said the visit is part of wider travels in the Indo-Pacific focused on security, prosperity and governance – in which Taiwan is a world leader.
The Speaker of the US House of Representatives said Taiwan is a very special place and added that America’s solidarity with the people of Taiwan is more important than ever today. “The visit of our congressional delegation should be seen as a strong statement that America stands behind Taiwan,” Pelosi said in the statement. “We came to Taiwan to listen to, learn from, and show our support for the people of Taiwan, who have built a thriving democracy that stands as one of the most free and open in the world.”
“During our visit, we highlighted Taiwan’s many achievements on these three key priorities. On the security front, we reaffirmed Congress’ continued commitment to help Taiwan defend its freedom in the face of aggression. On Economy: we made clear how our CHIPS and Science Act will go a long way towards strengthening both our economies, and expressed our support for a 21st century trade framework.On governance, we congratulated them on their strong response to the pandemic, one of the most successful in the world.”
She said the US will continue to work together on its priorities, including working together to fight the climate crisis, which is a necessity for our mutual security, economic growth and to honor our responsibility to future generations.
The US has said that this trip in no way contradicts the United States’ long-standing policy on the self-governed island. China, meanwhile, has said that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was a serious violation of the One China Principle and the terms of the joint communiqué signed between the two countries.
In a statement, Pelosi also criticized China for preventing Taiwan from participating in world forums.
“Unfortunately, Taiwan has been prevented from participating in global gatherings, most recently the World Health Organization, due to objections from the Chinese Communist Party. While they can stop Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone else from doing so. of traveling to Taiwan to pay respect to its thriving democracy, to highlight its many successes and to reaffirm our commitment to continued cooperation,” she said.
During its brief visit to Taipei, the US delegation held two bilateral meetings with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.
They also had an interparliamentary meeting with the vice president of the legislature Yuan Tsai Chi-chang and leaders of other parties in parliament. Pelosi described these meetings as “very positive and productive”.
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