Pelosi Taiwan visit – latest: Chinese media call house speaker’s trip ‘opening salvo of war’

Nancy Pelosi sends ‘unambiguous message’ that ‘America is behind Taiwan’

China is reacting on several fronts to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, with Chinese state media calling the trip an “opening salvo of the war”.

“The stage was set for war and the speaker’s visit may have lit the fuse,” the editorial said in Global times.

China has also called on the US envoy in Beijing to launch a stern protest, warning that Washington “will pay a price” for its “mistakes”.

And Beijing says it will hold nearly a week of military exercises, including live fire drills in six zones around Taiwan, which the island has called a “blockade”.

Earlier, it imposed trade restrictions on some foodstuffs and building materials.

Ms. Pelosi received Taiwan’s highest civilian award at her meeting with the Taiwanese president earlier today, where she reaffirmed US support for democracy on the disputed island.

“We will not give up our commitment to Taiwan and we are proud of our lasting friendship,” Ms Pelosi said in a speech.


Taiwan asks ships to find alternative routes, avoid Chinese drilling areas

Taiwan’s port authorities have asked ships to find alternative routes and avoid areas of China’s announced drills around the island, according to a government statement released today.

Ships entering and leaving Taiwan’s seven major ports, including the port of Taipei, must be aware of the drills from Aug. 4 to 7, according to reports from the Taiwan Maritime and Port Bureau.

Earlier, Taiwan’s Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai said there was no need for the global chip manufacturing hub Taiwan to find alternatives to sea transportation as ships can avoid Chinese drilling zones, but it negotiated with neighboring Japan and the Philippines to find alternative air routes.


EU urges dialogue to ease tensions over Pelosi visit

The European Union called for tensions over Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan to be resolved through dialogue and for channels of communication with China to be kept open to avoid miscalculations.

“The EU has an interest in preserving peace and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,” said a spokesman for the 27-nation bloc.

“We encourage a peaceful resolution of cross-border problems. Tensions must be resolved through dialogue. Appropriate communication channels must be maintained to reduce the risk of miscalculation.”

The European Commission spokesman said the EU has “a clear one-China policy”, recognizing the government of the People’s Republic of China as China’s only legal government while pursuing “friendly relations and close cooperation with Taiwan”.


Chinese military actions legitimate, exercises that do not cause problems with freedom of navigation

A spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry said in a briefing that China has not seen its military exercises around Taiwan that have caused freedom of navigation problems.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that the Chinese military actions were legitimate and intended as a deterrent to Taiwan.

Tensions are high in the Taiwan Strait after Beijing announced targeted military operations in several areas around Taiwan following Nancy Pelosi’s arrival on the island.


Chinese media lashes out at Pelosi visit, calls it ‘opening salvo of war’

Chinese official media lashed out at Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and joined the chorus of disapproving comments from Beijing, as headlines in today’s state newspapers accuse the US of undermining the “one China principle” and “opening salvo.” of a war between the US and the PRC”.

An editorial in the People’s DailyThe mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party in China said that “the escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait is solely due to the unilateral provocations of the United States”.

“China has full legitimacy to take all necessary countermeasures to protect its territorial integrity,” it added.

A Global times editorial said that “any illusion that the US is or ever was committed to the one-China principle has evaporated” with Ms. Pelosi’s visit.

“The stage was set for war, and the speaker’s visit may have lit the fuse, as the People’s Republic of China has probably lost all faith in the US’s sincerity on any matter,” it said.


Taiwan negotiates with Japan, Philippines to find alternative airline routes, local media reports

Taiwan is negotiating with neighboring Japan and the Philippines to find alternative air routes, the official Central News Agency (CNA) has reported, after China announced exercises the trade-dependent island said amounted to a “blockade”.

CNA reported, citing Transport Minister Wang Kwo-tsai, that there is no need for the global chip manufacturing hub Taiwan to find alternatives to sea transportation, as ships can avoid Chinese drilling zones.

China’s threat to conduct military exercises, including live fire drills in six zones around Taiwan, comes in response to Ms Pelosi’s visit. Beijing has also restricted certain transactions with Taipei (see post below).


Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan causes ‘annoyance’, says Russian foreign minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said a visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was a deliberate attempt by Washington to annoy China.

“I see no other reason to cause such an annoyance almost out of the blue, as I know very well what it means for the People’s Republic of China,” Mr Lavrov said during a visit to Myanmar.

Ms Pelosi’s arrival yesterday in Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province, has sparked an outrage from Beijing, including heightened military tensions and trade restrictions, at a time when international tensions have already been heightened by the conflict in Ukraine.


Video: Pelosi Receives Taiwan’s Highest Civilian Order, Reaffirming US Support for Democracy

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was honored with Taiwan’s highest civilian award, the Order of Propitious Clouds, bestowed upon her by the country’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, during the visit that sparked escalating military tensions with China. Ms. Tsai draped the blue sash over the US House speaker at a meeting broadcast live from the Presidential Palace today, saying it “represented their [Taiwan’s] gratitude to Pelosi and the desire to continue US-Taiwan relations through increased cooperation.”

Ms. Pelosi thanked the country for the honor and their “enduring friendship” and said, “America’s determination to preserve democracy here in Taiwan and around the world remains rock solid.”


Footage shows people cheering as Pelosi’s jet arrives in Taiwan

A video posted by Samson Ellis, chief of Bloomberg’s Taipei bureau, shows people in Taiwan cheering the arrival of the US House fighter jet Nancy Pelosi last night, with many recording the plane on their smartphones as it landed.

Ms. Pelosi arrived in “SPAR19”, a US Air Force-operated Boeing C-40C aircraft, escorted by Taiwanese Air Force jet fighters, despite overwhelming pressure from China.

Her jet was also the most tracked aircraft in the world yesterday.


North Korea calls Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan ‘brutal interference’ by the US

North Korea has criticized Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, calling it “brutal interference” by Washington in the internal affairs of another country, supporting China’s position on the issue.

An unnamed spokesman for the Pyongyang Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ms Pelosi’s trip “raised serious concern in the international community”.

“The current situation clearly shows that the brutal US meddling in the internal affairs of other countries and the deliberate political and military provocations are indeed the root cause of the ravaged peace and security in the region,” said a ministry spokesman. as said by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

“Taiwan is an inseparable part of China and the Taiwan issue concerns China’s internal affairs.”

“We strongly condemn the interference of outside forces in the Taiwan issue and fully support the righteous stance of the Chinese government to resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the unnamed spokesperson added, according to the Anglophone report from the CCNA.

“The US plan to disrupt China’s growth and development and its efforts to reach the cause of reunification is sure to fail.”


China curbs trade with Taiwan after Pelosi visit

China has further restricted its trade with Taiwan amid mounting tensions over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the democratically-ruled island.

China’s Ministry of Commerce and Customs said today they are suspending the export of sand, an important material used in construction, and the import of Taiwanese citrus fruits and some fish to Taiwan.

The customs unit said food imports were halted due to the presence of pesticides and coronavirus in some shipments, while the commerce ministry said it had suspended sand exports in accordance with unspecified legal provisions.

In a separate announcement, China’s Taiwanese business bureau said it would prohibit mainland Chinese companies and individuals from conducting financial transactions with two Taiwanese foundations, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund.

The export restrictions came after Ms. Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late at night yesterday, amid China’s denunciation of the US’s highest visit to the island in 25 years.

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