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China called in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China US Ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns against the backdrop of a visit to the island of Taiwan by Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi, the third person in the power hierarchy in the American leadership. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng on Tuesday, August 2, expressed a “strong protest” to Washington.

“This move is extremely egregious and the consequences will be extremely serious,” Xie was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency. “China will by no means be watching this indifferently,” the diplomat stressed.

Xie Feng noted that the United States “should pay for its mistakes” and urged Washington to “immediately correct the wrong actions, take practical measures to eliminate the negative consequences caused by Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.”

Chinese military on high alert

The Chinese military said it was on “high alert” and would “launch a series of targeted military operations in response” to the visit. They announced plans to conduct a series of military exercises in the waters around the island on 3 August.

Meanwhile, as reported by the Chinese English-language publication Global Times, the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) has already begun exercises near Taiwan.

Director of the Arms Control Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Fu Cong, in turn, did not completely rule out a military scenario: “As for Taiwan and the unification of China, our position is that we are doing everything possible for this peacefully, but we do not abandon the military option. “.

Chinese ambassador to UK threatens London with consequences

In turn, Chinese Ambassador to the UK Zheng Zeguang threatened “serious consequences” if a delegation of British MPs visits Taiwan. “We urge the British side to abide by the joint Sino-British communiqué and not to underestimate the extreme sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, not to follow in the footsteps of the United States,” the diplomat said.

Airplane with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Landed at Taipei Airport in Taiwan on August 2. Chinese TV channel CGTN reported that Chinese fighters at the time of the plane approaching with Pelosi, they crossed the Taiwan Strait towards the island.

Pelosi Asian Tour

Reuters reported, citing sources, that Pelosi planned to meet with a group of Taiwanese public figures at the National Museum of Human Rights in Xinbei City, as well as with Taiwan’s chief of staff, Tsai Ing-wen. According to The Washington Post, Pelosi also wanted to talk to Mark Liu, chairman of Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Nancy Pelosi’s Asian tour began on July 31st. The trip program included visits to Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea. Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden, warned the United States against “playing with fire” regarding Washington’s position on Taiwan.

First visit by a Speaker of the House of Representatives in 25 years

This is the first visit in 25 years. Speaker of the House of Representatives US Congress on Taiwan.

US Secretary of State – Anthony Blinken pointed out that the Congress is independent from the White House, an equal branch of government, so the decision to travel is “completely up to the speaker.”

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