Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan – live: Russia says tensions should not be ‘understated’ as G7 slams China’s response

Nancy Pelosi sends ‘unequivocal message’ that ‘America stands with Taiwan’

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departed Taiwan on a U.S. Air Force plane Wednesday evening, concluding a historic, high-stakes visit that drew a flurry of responses from China.

Beijing has warned to “punish” those who offend it, while Chinese state media have called the speaker’s trip a “first salvo of war”.

China said it would hold nearly a week of military drills including live-fire drills in six areas surrounding Taiwan, which the island has dubbed a “blockade”. Previously, it imposed trade restrictions on certain food products and building materials.

Meanwhile, Russia backed China’s claim that the trip was a deliberate attempt by Washington to anger Beijing, while a Kremlin spokesman said the tension created by Ms Pelosi’s trip in Taiwan “should not be underestimated”.

Ms Pelosi received Taiwan’s highest civilian honor during her meeting with the Taiwanese president earlier in the day, where she reaffirmed US support for democracy on the disputed island.

“We will not let go of our commitment to Taiwan and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” Ms Pelosi said in a speech.

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NSC spokesman Admiral John Kirby says US and China are not on the brink

NSC spokesman Admiral John Kirby appeared on “Good Morning America” ​​Wednesday and said that despite China’s rhetoric in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the United States and Beijing were not “on the brink”.

Mr Kirby said he didn’t ‘believe we’re on the brink now, and there’s certainly no reason for anyone to talk about being on the brink in the future’.

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Pelosi leaves Taiwan for South Korea

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan after spending a day there meeting with officials. Chinese forces continued to conduct military exercises as he left to show their dissatisfaction with his visit.

Ms Pelosi will now travel to South Korea, where she will meet National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, leaders of the ruling conservative People’s Power Party and the opposition Democratic Party of Korea.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will not meet Ms Pelosi. He is on a planned vacation, although commentators have speculated he may try to dodge a meeting with the Speaker of the House to avoid angering China.

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White House press secretary and Fox News host argue over Biden’s lack of endorsement for Pelosi trip

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Fox News’ Peter Doocy argued on Wednesday over Joe Biden’s failure to approve House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan.

Mr. Doocy asked Ms. Jean-Pierre if Mr. Biden was “worried about hurting Xi’s feelings”, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ms. Jean-Pierre replied that Mr. Biden had made it clear that they could not tell members of Congress where to go, prompting Mr. Doocy to say that Republican leaders, including the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham, praised Ms Pelosi for the trip. .

Ms. Jean-Pierre declined to say that Mr. Biden supported the trip.

Republicans managed to put Mr. Biden in a tight spot; by offering their support and noting his silence, it gives the impression that the president is afraid to anger Beijing. If he approves of his trip, it could escalate the already heightened tensions between the two nations.

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White House: There’s no reason for China to turn Taiwan trip into a crisis

While answering questions from reporters during a briefing, the White House press secretary reiterated the Biden administration’s position regarding Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan this week, saying “members of Congress have the right to travel where they wish” and added that there was no reason for China to turn the House speaker’s visit into a “crisis”.

“There is no reason for Beijing to turn this visit, which is in line with long-standing American policy, into some kind of crisis,” Karine Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday. “We have been very clear that there is no change in our one China policy, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. That has not changed.”

The press secretary stressed that the United States does not want a crisis, but noted that the administration was ready “to handle whatever Beijing chooses to do about it.”

“There is a Chinese official who says the United States must pay the price for its own mistake. And we mean what we say when the Chinese threaten the United States that the president takes them seriously,” she said.

“Nothing has changed with regard to our policies.”

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Video: China ‘didn’t say anything when the men arrived’

At a press conference in Taiwan on Wednesday, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Chinese officials did not make “much noise” when US male leaders visited the self-governing island nation earlier this year.

In April, five U.S. senators from Taiwan and the president suggested that Beijing’s response was muted compared to the reception garnered by his unannounced trip.

She later said that China ‘maybe made a lot of noise because I’m talking’, before joking that ‘they didn’t say anything when the men came’, a joke which sparked many of laughter.

Watch the full clip below.

Pelosi visits Taiwan: China ‘didn’t say anything when the men came’

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Canada calls on China to defuse tensions

Canada’s foreign minister said Wednesday she was concerned about recent tensions in the Taiwan Strait following US President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei this week and specifically called on China to de-escalate the situation.

“We believe lawmakers are visiting around the world and clearly the visit cannot be used as justification for heightened tensions or as a pretext,” Ms. Joly told reporters in Montreal while speaking alongside his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock.

“So in this sense, we call on China to de-escalate because we believe there may be risks not only of escalating tensions, but also of destabilizing the region,” Ms. Joly added.

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Kremlin: Tension of Pelosi visit ‘should not be underestimated’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that the ripple effects and tension created by Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan “must not be underestimated.”

While answering a question from a reporter who asked if the Kremlin spokesman thought the world was on the brink of war, Mr Peskov responded by saying he would not characterize the current geopolitical tensions as such , but echoed earlier comments from Russian foreign authorities. minister who said the visit was a “provocation”.

The spokesperson noted that no further meetings were scheduled between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in light of the recent visit.

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Video: Nancy Pelosi sends ‘unequivocal message’ that ‘America stands with Taiwan’

Before flying to Seoul on Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi vowed solidarity with Taiwan, while China slammed the House speaker’s trip and launched military drills in response.

“Our delegation came here to send an unequivocal message: America stands with Taiwan,” Ms. Pelosi told a news conference after meeting the island’s president.

Watch the full clip below:

Nancy Pelosi sends ‘unequivocal message’ that ‘America stands with Taiwan’

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Pelosi: China ‘can’t stop world leaders’ from visiting Taiwan

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi issued a formal statement on Wednesday at the official end of her unannounced trip to Taiwan.

In her remarks, the Democratic lawmaker once again echoed previous comments on the self-governing island, stressing that the trip should be seen as a statement that “America stands with Taiwan.”

“We came to Taiwan to listen, learn and show our support for the people of Taiwan, who have built a thriving democracy that stands as one of the freest and most open in the world,” the speaker began.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at reacts to Chen Chu, the President of the Control Yuan and Chair of the National Human Rights Commission, during a visit to a human rights museum in Taipei, Taiwan

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She then listed the security, economic and government priorities the delegation discussed with their Taiwanese counterparts, before moving on to more contentious issues.

“Unfortunately, Taiwan has been prevented from participating in global meetings, most recently at the World Health Organization, due to objections from the Chinese Communist Party,” the speaker wrote. “While they can prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone else from traveling to Taiwan to pay tribute to its thriving democracy, highlight its many successes and reaffirm our commitment to continue our collaboration”.

Read the full statement here.

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G7 calls on China not to “unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region”

The G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union issued a joint statement on Wednesday in response to China’s recently announced threats to the United States Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

The group of foreign ministers specifically cited the PRC’s scheduling of “live-fire and economic coercion exercises” as risking “unnecessary escalation” in the Taiwan Strait, adding that “there is no justification for using a visit as a pretext for aggressive military activity”.

“It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel abroad. The PRC’s escalating response risks increasing tensions and destabilizing the region,” the group wrote.

“We call on the PRC not to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region and to resolve disputes across the strait through peaceful means. There is no change in a China’s respective policies, if any, and the basic positions on Taiwan of the G7 members.

The group also called on all parties involved to “exercise restraint” and maintain an open line of communication to avoid any misunderstandings.

Read the full statement here.

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