German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock promised that Germany would support Taiwan if China attacked the island nation. “We do not accept when international law is violated and a large neighbor attacks its smaller neighbor in violation of international law – this also applies, of course, to China,” Spiegel quoted Burbock as saying. The situation around Taiwan escalated amid a visit to the island by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Chinese authorities oppose Taipei officials from contacting high-ranking US officials. Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the US chose the “path of confrontation” with China when it allowed Pelosi to visit the island.