US House Speaker Pelosi Lands In Taiwan, Defying China Warnings: 10 Points

Nancy Pelosi was seen fleeing.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed in Taiwan amid escalating threats from China during the visit. China warned the US it was “playing with fire”. The Chinese military has vowed to launch “targeted military actions”.

Here are the top 10 points in this big story:

  1. “Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan is a tribute to America’s unwavering commitment to support Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” Nancy Pelosi tweeted after the landing.

  2. “Our visit is one of many congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts the long-standing United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the US-China Joint Communiqués and the Six Assurances,” her second tweet read.

  3. “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 separatist attempts at Taiwan’s independence,” PLA spokesman said. Wu Qian. in a statement condemning the visit.

  4. Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory and sees the visit of the most senior US official in more than 25 years as support for Taiwan’s independence movement. Washington does not officially have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but is bound by US law to help the island defend itself.

  5. Minutes after Ms Pelosi’s flight landed, China filed a strong protest with the US. “The United States… has tried to use Taiwan to restrain China. It constantly distorts, obscures and erodes the one-China principle, intensifies its official exchanges with Taiwan and encourages separatist activities of Taiwan’s independence , like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will die,” the statement read.

  6. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said yesterday that Beijing’s responses could include firing missiles near Taiwan, large-scale air or naval activities or further “false legal claims” such as claims that the Taiwan Strait is not an international waterway. “We won’t take the bait…(or) be intimidated,” said Mr Kirby.

  7. Earlier in the evening, local media reported that Chinese fighter jets had crossed the Taiwan Strait, which was closed to traffic by China as Pelosi’s flight was bound for Taipei. “China’s Su-35 fighter jets are crossing the Taiwan Strait,” state television CGTN reported.

  8. Ms Pelosi’s US C-40C aircraft circled and approached Taiwan from the Philippine Sea. Four US warships, including an aircraft carrier, are positioned in waters east of Taiwan for what the US Navy has called routine deployment.

  9. Taiwan’s foreign ministry had kept quiet about the visit. However, live television footage showed Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu receiving Ms. Pelosi at the airport, where hundreds flocked to see her. The tallest building in Taipei was lit up as a sign of welcome.

  10. The commotion surrounding Ms Pelosi’s visit threatens to strain relations across the region as governments face the reality of mounting tensions between the world’s two largest economies. Both the US and China have sent diplomats to meet with Southeast Asian leaders.

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