It would be the first arrival on the island of such a high-ranking US politician in the last 25 years.
The plane in which the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, could be, arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday.
It would be the first arrival on the island of a US politician of such high rank in the last 25 years. While Pelosi’s official Asia tour itinerary initially included only Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Malaysiavarious US and Taiwanese media reported, citing government sources, that the visit to Taiwan would indeed take place.
With a view to the arrival of Pelosi, tensions between Washington and Beijing have been increasing, generating strong protests by the Chinese authorities. In particular, Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden on Thursday that “those who play with fire they will set themselves on fire“, describing the visit as interference in the internal affairs of the Asian nation.
For his part, Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, warned on Monday that his country’s Army “will not sit idly by” if the speaker of the House of Representatives finally visits the island, and stressed that this “would lead to an atrocious political impact.” On Friday, the spokesman warned of “determined countermeasuresif the US defies the nation’s “red lines.”
- Beijing regards Taiwan as an inalienable part of its territory, and insists that any negotiations with the island that bypass the central government violate the key principle of its one-China policy. Most countries, including Russia, recognize the island as an integral part of the People’s Republic of China.
- Although Washington does not recognize Taiwan —which has governed itself since 1949 with its own administration, as an independent country—, it maintains a policy of strategic ambiguity towards the island, reserving the right to maintain special relations with Taipei, which, in its opinion, takes its own decisions.