US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has arrived in Taiwan as part of her Asian tour despite China’s warnings and threats.
“By traveling to Taiwan, we honor our commitment to democracy: reaffirming that the freedoms of Taiwan — and all democracies — must be respected,” confirmed Pelosi.
According to Pelosi, the visit does not contradict the longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances.
Pelosi is accompanied by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meeks of New York, Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano of California and Reps. Suzan DelBene of Washington state, Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois and Andy Kim of New Jersey.
China immediately responded to Pelosi’s Tawian visit and released a statement.
“It gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence. China firmly opposes and sternly condemns this, and has made serious démarche and strong protest to the United States,” said the Chinese foreign ministry.
China has already deployed two aircraft carriers in the South China Sea after the announcement of Pelosi’s visit and announced drills in the area until August 7.
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