LChina has reacted to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Twenty-seven Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Wednesday, the country’s authorities said. Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Twitter that 27 Chinese military aircraft “entered the vicinity (air defense identification zone, wider than airspace) on August 3, 2022.”
Earlier in the day, meanwhile, the Taipei government had condemned the entry of some twenty Chinese military aircraft into its Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone while Nancy Pelosi was treading the tarmac in Taiwan’s capital despite warnings. Chinese guards.
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The speaker of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, left Taiwan at noon (French time) on Wednesday, April 3, after a historic and controversial visit, in which Beijing responded with threats and announcements of military exercises. According to images broadcast live on television, the 82-year-old greeted dignitaries on the tarmac at Taipei’s Songshan Airport before boarding the selected US military aircraft.
Earlier, between Tuesday and Wednesday night, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday August 3 that Taiwan “will not back down” in the face of China’s military threats, which announced military strategy. The island in retaliation for a visit by the US Speaker of the House of Representatives.
During a meeting with Taiwan’s leader in Taipei, Nancy Pelosi confirmed the arrival of “peace” in the region, and assured that the United States would not abandon its commitment to the democratic island under threat of attack by Beijing. “Today, our delegation (…) came to Taiwan to say unequivocally that we will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” said the American-elect, the most senior official. 2 5 years to visit the American island.
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Nancy Pelosi, 82, arrived in Taipei on a US military plane on Tuesday evening, prompting an immediate backlash in Beijing. China’s Foreign Ministry condemned the “serious violation” of American commitments against China, which “seriously harms regional peace and stability”.
The Chinese government summoned US Ambassador Nicholas Barnes on Tuesday evening. Vice Foreign Minister Ji Feng expressed his country’s “strong opposition” to it, adding that “[ন্যান্সি পেলোসির]The initiative to visit Taiwan is very shocking and the consequences will be very serious”, the new China agency reported. On Wednesday, Beijing warned in the voice of its foreign minister that “those who oppose China will be punished”. “This is a joke, pure and simple. “Under the guise of ‘democracy’, the United States has violated China’s sovereignty”, declared Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting in Phnom Penh.
The military exercise, which will reach 20 kilometers from the coast of Taiwan, “will constitute a necessary and legitimate measure to respond to the serious provocations of certain American politicians and Taiwanese separatists”, announced to the press Hua Chunying – the speaker of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
China’s defense ministry has already promised “targeted military action”, starting on Wednesday with a series of military maneuvers around the island, including “long-range live ammunition firing” in the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China. According to coordinates released by the Chinese military, part of the military operation will take place 20 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan.
China’s Ministry of Commerce also announced economic sanctions, suspending exports to Taiwan of natural sand – a key ingredient in making semiconductors, one of the island’s top exports.
“In the face of deliberately increased military threats, Taiwan will not back down,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen responded on Wednesday. “We (…) will continue to defend democracy,” he said during his meeting with Nancy Pelosi, whom he thanked for “strong actions that show (her) unwavering support for Taiwan at this critical time.”
Taiwanese authorities reported overnight Tuesday-Wednesday that 21 Chinese military aircraft entered the island’s air defense identification zone – an area far larger than its airspace.
Taiwan’s defense ministry condemned “attempts to threaten our ports and our important urban areas and unilaterally undermine regional peace and stability”. “Army must remain in place and protect national security. We ask people to be reassured and support the army,” he added.
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The risk of armed conflict is low but tensions are high
Several American ships, including aircraft carriers, also cruise the region USS Ronald Reagan, according to US military sources. Most observers consider the likelihood of armed conflict to be low. But US officials say they are preparing for a show of force from the Chinese military. Meanwhile, Japan said it was “concerned” about Chinese military exercises, some of which, according to Tokyo, should spill over into Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
China considers Taiwan, with its 23 million inhabitants, to be one of its provinces that it has not yet succeeded in annexing to the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War (1949). Opposing any initiative to grant international legitimacy to Taiwan’s authorities, Beijing opposes any formal communication between Taiwan and other countries. US officials regularly visit the island. But China considers the visit of US third lady Nancy Pelosi a major provocation. Last week, during a telephone interview with his American rival Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping had already urged the US not to “play with fire”.
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Since 1979, Washington has recognized only one Chinese government, the Beijing government, and continues to provide assistance to Taiwanese authorities, particularly through major arms sales. The United States also practices “strategic ambiguity,” refraining from saying whether it would defend Taiwan militarily in the event of an attack.