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During a visit to Taiwan Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi assured the authorities of the disputed island of Washington’s unwavering support. At a meeting with the head of local administration Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, August 3 in Taipei, she said that she had come to “make it clear in the clearest possible way” that the United States would not abandon its obligations regarding Taiwan.

US ‘prouds enduring friendship’ with Taiwan

The visit is also a sign that Americans are “proud of their enduring friendship” with Taiwan, added Pelosi, who is third in the US power hierarchy after the president and vice president. During her speech in Taiwan’s parliament, she thanked Tsai Ing-wen for her leadership and called for increased inter-parliamentary cooperation. “We give credit to Taiwan for being one of the freest societies in the world,” the Speaker of the House of Representatives said.

In turn, the head of the Taiwanese administration indicated that she would not give in to the demands and “increased military threats” of the Chinese authorities. Taiwan will hold the “democracy defense line,” said Tsai Ing-wen. During a meeting with Vice President of the Taiwan Parliament Tsai Chichan, Pelosi noted that she came to the island “with friendship, with peace for the region.”

Meanwhile, on August 3, Taiwan accused the Chinese authorities of seeking to partially invade Taiwanese territorial waters during planned military exercises. This “irrational move” challenges the international order, a spokesman for Taiwan’s defense ministry said. The agency also called the planned maneuvers a threat to the ports and cities of the island and announced the intensification of preparatory measures and the “appropriate” response.

First visit of a Speaker of the House of Representatives to Taiwan in 25 years

The night before, a US Air Force plane carrying the Speaker of the House of Representatives landed at Taipei airport in Taiwan. This is the first visit by a speaker of the US House of Representatives to Taiwan in 25 years. 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.”

The PRC, which considers Taiwan its territory, strongly opposed to Pelosi visiting the island. 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.

In protest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China summoned the US ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns. In addition, China is partially suspended trade with the island and announced military exercises in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese TV channel CGTN reported that the Chinese fighters at the time of the plane’s approach from Pelosi crossed the Taiwan Strait towards the island.

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