The Pentagon said that the position of the United States on China and Taiwan has not changed

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The United States adheres to the policy of one China and does not recognize the independence of Taiwan. Colin Kahl, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs of the United States, spoke about this at a briefing. The broadcast was on the Pentagon's Twitter (the social network was blocked in Russia at the request of the prosecutor's office).

“The United States adheres to the policy of one China, and our policy has not changed” it is support for the status quo,— Cal reported.

China wants to change the current state of affairs, according to a Pentagon representative, Kahl answered a journalist's question about Chinese army exercises in the Taiwan Strait.

China announced military exercises in response to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who visited Taiwan's capital Taipei on August 2. The Chinese authorities sharply criticized Pelosi's visit, saying that she challenged the world, deliberately committed a provocation and violated the “one China” principle. Beijing has suspended US cooperation in a number of areas and decided to impose sanctions against Pelosi.

Washington insists that Pelosi's arrival does not contradict the “one China” principle; and does not mean a change in US policy towards China. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that Beijing's suspension of US-China dialogue on some issues, including climate change, would have long-term consequences. He called the measures that China is taking as part of military exercises disproportionate to Pelosi's peaceful visit to Taiwan.

According to the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, 66 aircraft and 14 warships are taking part in the Chinese exercises. Another 22 Chinese Air Force aircraft, according to the military department, entered the Taiwan air defense zone during August 7.

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Biden expresses concern about China’s maneuvers around Taiwan

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U.S. President Joe Biden said he was not worried about Taiwan, but was concerned about China's actions in the region, Reuters reports.

“I'm not worried [about Taiwan], but I'm worried about that they [the PRC forces] are conducting maneuvers as actively as they are now, — he said.

Beijing began military naval and air firing exercises in the Taiwan Strait on August 4 in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. The PRC considers Taiwan its territory and considers the visit of the island by an American politician as a provocation that violates the “one China” principle.

After arriving on the island on August 2, Pelosi said that her main goal visit is to support the «bright and dynamic» democracy in Taiwan. The Chinese Foreign Ministry strongly protested and reproached the US for undermining sovereignty. On August 3, the politician left Taiwan.

For the duration of the maneuvers, China closed six zones around Taiwan to flights and sent notices to Asian airlines, Bloomberg wrote. In China, they said that the exercises would last until the end of the day on Sunday, August 7th. However, on the evening of August 6, Beijing announced another maneuver that will last until August 15 in the southern part of the Yellow Sea.

Taiwan (Republic of China)— partially recognized state 100 km from the coast of China. The territory declared its secession in 1949, but China considers it a province. The US does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but a law passed in 1979 allows Washington to supply weapons there.

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Taiwan announces resumption of flights and shipping

The Ministry of Transport of Taiwan announced the resumption of flights and shipping, limited due to China. Transit flights are also resumed. On August 4, China began firing exercises near Taiwan – this was a reaction to the visit to the island of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi 09/756598582723090.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/320xH/media/img/0/09/756598582723090.jpg 320w” media=”(max-width: 320px)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/0/09/756598582723090.jpg 1200w" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

Taiwan's water and air space can be used again as China's notifications of military exercises near the island have expired, but aircraft and ships will be directed to avoid temporary danger zones to maintain security, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic said.

The agency noted that there are seven such zones in total, in one of them China's notification of military exercises expires tomorrow morning. The authorities will continue to monitor the situation in these territories. Transit flights are also resuming, Taiwan's aviation authorities will coordinate with neighboring areas to ensure the safety of flights, the Ministry of Transport said.

According to the agency, due to China's military exercises near the island, international and transit flights using Taiwanese airspace were rerouted or canceled to avoid the danger zone. As for maritime transportation, the ports of Kaohsiung, Keelung and Taipei were most affected by the restrictions, the Ministry of Transport said, the ships had to change their navigation plans, but China's military exercises did not have a significant impact on shipping.

< p>Beijing began military sea and air exercises with firing on August 4 as a response to the visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. Beijing considers Taiwan its own territory and considers the US politician's visit to the island as a provocation that violates the “one China” principle. Pelosi said that the main purpose of the US delegation's visit to the island was to support the “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan.

For the duration of the maneuvers, China closed six zones around Taiwan to flights and sent notices to Asian airlines, Bloomberg wrote. In China, they said that the exercises would end on Sunday, August 7. However, on the evening of August 6, Beijing announced another maneuver that will last until August 15 in the southern part of the Yellow Sea.

Taiwan's premier Su Zhengchang urged China to stop showing muscle. The defense department of the island reported a large number of Chinese ships, aircraft and drones near the island, which, as part of the exercises, simulated an attack on Taiwan. The military department noted that they sent planes and ships to respond to what was happening “properly”, Reuters reported. Pro Articles Most sellers have raised prices on marketplaces. What are their mistakes? s takes care of health Articles Pro “After 50/45/35 years of a career, there can be no”: what top managers are afraid of Articles Pro x The Economist 160% inflation: why the Turkish authorities cannot contain price increases Articles

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Trump thinks Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is stupid and calls it ‘China’s dream’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was a fool's errand given tensions with China, which escalated tensions and provided an excuse for Beijing to take various actions, including conducting military exercises in the waters of the Taiwan Strait, former US President Donald Trump said in a speech at a rally in front of his supporters in Wisconsin. The event was broadcast by C-SPAN.

“What the hell? What was she doing in Taiwan? She was China's dream. She gave them a suggestion. <…> How stupid that she went there, & mdash; Trump said.

Trump expressed hope that in the midterm congressional elections this November, the Republicans will take the majority of seats and “do away with crazy Nancy Pelosi.”

Relations between the US and China have escalated since Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. Beijing has repeatedly warned against its inadmissibility, emphasizing that it is contrary to the principles of the “one China” policy; and threatens to “undermine relations” between countries. As The New York Times wrote, Washington tried to dissuade Pelosi from going to the island, but on August 2, her plane landed in Taipei. Pelosi called the main purpose of the visit of the American delegation to the island to support the “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan. She visited the Taiwanese parliament, met with President Tsai Ing-wen, and called the island “one of the freest societies in the world.”

Beijing considered Pelosi's visit a provocation. On August 4, China began large-scale military exercises, which should last until Sunday. Within their framework, live firing will take place in the waters and airspace around almost the entire Taiwan. Airspace and navigation in the exercise areas will be closed.

The foreign ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan called on China to immediately stop military exercises. According to Politico, the US military command tried to contact their Chinese colleagues, but their calls remain unanswered.

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Taiwan says at least 20 Chinese warplanes are approaching the island

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At least 20 Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force aircraft entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone during the exercise. The Ministry of Defense announced this on its Twitter (the social network was blocked at the request of the prosecutor's office).

As follows from the report, ten Su-30 fighters, four J-16 and J-11 each, as well as a Y-8 electronic reconnaissance aircraft and a Y-20 air tanker, entered the air defense coverage area. The Taiwanese military responded by issuing radio warnings and deploying anti-aircraft missiles.

Chinese aircraft are flying as part of an exercise announced in response to US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Aug. 2 visit to Taipei . China considers Taiwan its own territory. Chinese authorities sharply criticized Pelosi's visit, saying that she challenged the world, deliberately committed a provocation and violated the “one China” principle. Beijing suspended US cooperation in several areas and decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi.

Washington insists that Pelosi's arrival does not contradict the principle of “one China” and does not mean a change in US policy towards China. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that Beijing's suspension of US-China dialogue on some issues, including climate change, would have long-term consequences. He called the measures taken by China as part of military exercises disproportionate to Pelosi's peaceful visit to Taiwan.

Moscow also condemned Pelosi's visit. According to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, tensions in the region and around Taiwan were “artificially provoked.” “It was a completely unnecessary visit and an unnecessary provocation,” — he noted.

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Bloomberg learns about China tightening labeling rules for Taiwan

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Chinese authorities plan to tighten labeling rules for Taiwanese products in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Products labeled as “made in « Republic of China” (this is how Taiwan officially calls itself— RBC) will not be allowed into the mainland Chinese market, agency sources said. One interlocutor explained that China's labeling rules for Taiwanese imports were first announced in 2015, but were not strictly enforced until Pelosi's visit.

Bloomberg explains that if the labeling rules on goods are not followed, PRC customs has the right to confiscate such products.

A spokesman for the Taiwan Ministry of Economy told the agency that there has indeed been an increase in complaints from Taiwanese companies over the past week due to labeling problems when trying to import products into the PRC, but there have been no cases of confiscation so far.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have risen since the recent visit of a US delegation led by Pelosi to the island. Leaving the plane, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives stated that the main goal of the American delegation— support for “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan.

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In response to the unannounced visit, China has launched large-scale military exercises off Taiwan. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Pelosi's visit a “blatant deliberate provocation”, which was pre-planned by the American side.

In addition, Beijing promised to impose sanctions against Pelosi and her relatives, and also suspended cooperation with the United States on issues repatriation of illegal immigrants, in criminal legal assistance, on the fight against transnational crime, cooperation in the field of drug control.

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Medvedev called Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan a “malicious provocation”

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan is a malicious provocation that undermines international security in Asia. About this in an interview with RIA Novosti said Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev.

«This trip— clear and completely malicious provocation. An action that directly undermines international security in Asia. The trick of the American authorities, completely embittered by their own impunity,»,— said Medvedev.

According to Medvedev, the US authorities played on China's nerves. “A completely ambiguous rhetoric was used. Yes, we are for a united China, but— at the same time— we are for democracy, against autocracy, and the US will “support Taiwan in an effort to build an independent state,” — noted the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council.

Pelosi's special flight landed in Taiwan on August 2, despite Beijing's objections. After getting off the plane, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives said that the main goal of the American delegation— support for “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan. On August 3, the politician left the country.

In response to the visit, China launched large-scale military exercises in Taiwan waters. The Chinese Foreign Ministry strongly protested and said that Pelosi's trip “greatly affected the political foundation of China-US relations, violated China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously undermined the stability of the Taiwan Strait.”

The Kremlin considered Pelosi's trip provocative and leading to increased tensions.

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Nancy Pelosi received cold reception in South Korea after visit to Taiwan

The President of South Korea did not receive Pelosi after her high-profile visit to Taiwan. The trip, which caused disagreements between the politician and the US administration, could negatively affect the image of Washington, experts say.

South Korea gives Pelosi a cold welcome

After the resonant visit of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to partially recognized Taiwan, a stop in South Korea as part of an Asian tour looked, contrary to expectations, much less remarkable. On Thursday morning, the Associated Press reported Pelosi's intention to visit the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. This area, also called the joint security zone, is controlled jointly by the US-led UN command and North Korea.

Pelosi planned to visit the village of Phanmunjom, where a ceasefire was signed in 1953 that ended the Korean War. A visit to this zone was supposed to be a landmark event— former US President Donald Trump was the last senior US politician to visit for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2019. However, neither a photo of the politician in Panmunjom, nor a quote from her speech to the US military appeared in the media.

Pelosi, who regularly posts about the progress of the Asian tour on Twitter, also avoided this event. The fact that this is the first visit of the speaker of the US House of Representatives to the country in 20 years has also gone unnoticed. At the same time, American President Joe Biden was in Seoul in May 2022.

The most talked about event of the visit was the fact that Pelosi was not received by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. This is the first leader to refuse a face-to-face meeting with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives as part of her Asian tour. Prior to that, she was hosted by Singaporean Prime Minister Li Hsienlong, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Pelosi is expected to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday.

The formal reason why Pelosi failed to meet with the South Korean leader was the discrepancy between schedules— the President had a vacation on the dates of her visit.

“President Yoon's vacation schedule and Speaker Pelosi's visit to the Republic of Korea coincided, and we didn't change our schedule,” his office said in a statement. However, Yoon Seok Yeol was in Seoul on the dates of Pelosi's visit and had the opportunity to meet with her, but wished to limit himself to a 40-minute telephone conversation. Local media drew attention to the fact that none of the South Korean dignitaries met Pelosi upon arrival, although they sent a guard of honor to the airport. The US Ambassador to South Korea, Philip Goldberg, and the Commander of the US Armed Forces in the country, Paul Lacamera, were waiting for her at the special board.

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The South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo, citing sources, said that this situation was regarded by the American side as a disregard for protocol and caused outrage at the embassy. It was aggravated by the fact that during the arrival of Pelosi, the president of the country was watching a performance. As a result, Pelosi held negotiations only with the speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic, Kim Jin-Pyo. Foreign Minister Yun Byungse was at the meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers in Cambodia at that time.

According to Asia Times, such a cold reception could be given to Pelosi due to the fact that South Korea was the first stop on the politician's Asian tour after visiting Taiwan, which drew criticism from China, which considers the island part of its territory. At the moment, Beijing is conducting unplanned military exercises and has actually encircled the island. “Now the timing is very bad for a personal meeting (with the President of South Korea) with Pelosi, since this may once again provoke Beijing, and it is also unknown how this will be perceived by other counterparties,” — Yegor Spirin, junior researcher at the Institute for International Studies at MGIMO, told RBC.

In turn, Andrei Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), believes that after the trip of 82-year-old Pelosi to Taiwan, one can talk about some kind of toxicity of the policy. “It's still one of her last big trips. As far as I know, Pelosi will not run this year (in the congressional elections. — RBC) and is leaving the political arena. Probably, there is some kind of toxicity, but it is still carried out with all decorum. She was in Congress for many years, and Biden will note this, but Pelosi— departing figure. This is clear to everyone, — Kortunov said.

Washington unhappy with Pelosi's trip to Taiwan

Upon returning to the US, Pelosi may also face a chilly attitude. According to Bloomberg, despite statements from the White House that a politician has the right to decide for herself whether to fly to Taiwan or not, Biden administration officials were furious that the speaker of the House of Representatives wanted to make this visit a significant milestone in her career. despite the “extremely delicate moment in relations with Beijing.” According to agency sources, the White House sent senior officials from the National Security Service and the State Department to Pelosi and her team, whose task was to convince her to postpone the visit. When it dawned on the White House that Pelosi was not ready to do it, Biden publicly said that the US military thought her trip “doesn't seem like a good idea.” He did not call for a postponement of the visit, as the White House was not sure that Pelosi would go for it even under such circumstances.

Despite disagreements between the White House and Pelosi, it is premature to talk about an internal split, since both Biden and Pelosi belong to the centrist wing of the Democratic Party, says Kortunov.

“Pelosi has no fundamental differences with Biden. It is important how it is perceived by US partners. If you look at the same Beijing, then in the course of my contacts with my Chinese colleagues, they tell me: either Biden is deceiving and the visit was agreed, but he himself wants to stay on the sidelines and therefore declares disagreements, or it is not clear who is responsible for foreign policy. he added. When the speaker of parliament and the president, belonging to the same party group, cannot agree, the country is perceived as an unreliable partner, and there can be no strategic agreements with it. continued Kortunov. “Biden should then be perceived as a lame duck, and, accordingly, we need to wait for new elections. In any case, this is not good for the image of the United States and for the prospects for reaching agreements in principle with both allies and opponents of Washington, — concluded the expert.

According to Spirin, the current disagreements do not indicate a conflict between the White House and Pelosi, but rather weak coordination. “An anti-Chinese consensus naturally exists in the US administration as well. But the question is, Pelosi's visit really could have been better timed,” — he said. The situation, according to the expert, was also influenced by other factors, in particular, the November elections to the US Congress and the personality of Pelosi, since the politician is known for her activism. “It seems to me, as well as to a number of American analysts, that symbolic toughness against China has become valuable in itself without realizing the clear results that Washington wants to achieve,” — concluded Spirin.

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Taiwan’s ambassador to Germany urges Bundestag delegation to visit island

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Taiwan's representative in Germany, Xie Zhiwei, amid tensions between the authorities of mainland China and Taiwan, invited the delegation of the Bundestag (German parliament) to visit the island. He stated this in an interview with the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

“I propose that a delegation of the Bundestag headed by the speaker of parliament [Berbel Bass] go to Taiwan. This did not come from parliamentary factions, but from the Bundestag as such— as an independent legislative state body that represents the people and is not subordinate to the government, — pointed out the diplomat.

At the same time, he added that the current situation represents “the biggest potential for military conflict since 1996.” According to Xie Zhiwei, China's travel bans on Taiwan to any dignitaries of any foreign countries “should disappear.”

Taiwan declared secession from China during a civil war in 1949 . Beijing does not recognize the independence of the island and considers it its province. The administrative status of the region has not yet been settled.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have risen in recent weeks due to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island. On August 2, Pelosi's special flight landed in Taiwan, despite all objections from Beijing. After getting off the plane, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives said that the main goal of the American delegation— support for “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan. On August 3, the politician left the country.

In response to the speaker's visit, China announced the start of large-scale military exercises in the waters of Taiwan with “long-range combat firing.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry strongly protested and said that Pelosi's trip “greatly affected the political foundation of China-US relations, violated China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously undermined the stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

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German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, a few hours before Pelosi's plane landed in Taipei, said that Germany was ready to support Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. “We do not accept when international law is violated and a larger neighbor attacks its smaller neighbor in violation of international law. This, of course, also applies to China,— she claimed. Germany does not officially recognize the independence of the island.

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Taiwan reports missile launch against ‘unidentified drone’

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The Taiwanese military fired several special flares towards the “unidentified aircraft” in the sky over the Kinmen archipelago. This was reported by Reuters, citing a statement by a representative of the Taiwan Ministry of Defense.

According to him, an unidentified device, presumably a drone, was seen over Kinmen on the night of August 3. The military responded quickly and fired several special signal rockets at him.

At the moment, the situation in the archipelago is calm, the level of military threat has not been raised, the representative of the military department specified.

Kinmen— It is an archipelago with an area of ​​153 sq. km, located two dozen kilometers from mainland China, but belonging to Taiwan. The island has a population of approximately 128,000.

Taiwan declared secession from China during a civil war in 1949. Beijing does not recognize the independence of the island and considers it its province. The administrative status of the region has not yet been settled.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have risen in recent weeks due to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island. On August 2, Pelosi's special flight landed in Taiwan, despite all objections from Beijing. After getting off the plane, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives said that the main goal of the American delegation— support for “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan. On August 3, the politician left the country.

In response to the speaker's visit, China announced the start of large-scale military exercises in the waters of Taiwan with “long-range combat firing.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry strongly protested and said that Pelosi's trip “greatly affected the political foundation of China-US relations, violated China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously undermined the stability of the Taiwan Strait.”

The White House responded that Pelosi's trip is consistent with US policy on Taiwan and that the US will continue to closely monitor China's actions after the speaker leaves the island.

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“Real friend or curse”: world media – about Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

The visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan was followed by the whole world. How American, Chinese and other foreign media reacted to her trip – in the review of RBC type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/9/31/756595296112319.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

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“For a successful foreign policy, high principles and competent and timely execution of decisions must come together. Nancy Pelosi's visit in solidarity with Taiwan demonstrated the former, but not the latter. China, which considers Taiwan its province, has already launched expected responses, including announcing naval exercises off the island after Pelosi's visit ends. Now President Biden must repair the short-term damage and counter China's likely increasing long-term pressure on Taiwan.

We certainly share Pelosi's strong support for a democratic Taiwan, her condemnation of China's communist dictatorship, and her belief that “it's important that America and our allies make it clear that we will never give in to autocrats.” But we cannot understand her insistence on showing her support in this way and at this time, despite the warnings of her own party chairman that the geopolitical situation is already fragile enough. As much as 82-year-old Pelosi wants to create a landmark event in her career as a speaker— before the Republican Party's likely victory in November's election puts an end to it, — going to Taiwan now that President Xi Jinping is arranging his third term was unwise.

With all due respect, Biden couldn't handle the situation by blabbing that the military opposed Pelosi's visit. This mistake has prevented Pelosi from changing plans without losing face, and more importantly, it makes it harder for Xi Jinping to escalate his reaction after Pelosi's departure. It would be much more correct if the president told Peloconfidentially, personally and clearly not to do this.

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“Brave Pelosi Bursts the Beijing Bubble”

“The Chinese Communist Party hates Pelosi for her firm support for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre, <…>, another moment in the party’s history when she intimidated the meek by massacring unarmed student demonstrators. Taiwan cordially welcomes Pelosi— a true friend of Taiwan and the oppressed Chinese— and comrade-in-arms in the fight against tyranny and for freedom.

China Times, Taiwan

“The peaceful and stable status quo between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait was almost destroyed by Pelosi's political show. It also gave the PLA (People's Liberation Army of China. — RBC) the right to announce that it “will conduct important military training operations and organize live firing”; in six sea areas around Taiwan. <…> Pelosi's reckless provocation completely destroyed the foundation of the past world. <…> The Pelosi Curse threatens to make Taiwan pay the price indefinitely.

The Guardian, UK

“Usually the big news is a plane crash, while taking off or landing is not news at all. But on Tuesday, a view of a US military aircraft carrying Nancy Pelosi landing at Taiwan's Songshan Airport; smoothly and without incident— was definitely news and an occasion for everyone to breathe a sigh of relief.

In this case, however, the destination is just as important as the whole journey. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, and its belligerent reaction to the House Speaker's arrival suggests that the risk of unintended consequences remains high. For those who believe that a confrontation between the US and China over a self-governing island is one day inevitable, the speaker's provocation may have simply accelerated the course of events. <…>

Democrats around the world can thank Pelosi for speaking out against autocracy— and at the same time pray that she too can keep the peace.

The Straits Times, Singapore

“While Ms. Pelosi is not the first speaker of the House of Representatives to visit Taiwan (Newt Gingrich was there in 1997), her visit comes at a time when relations between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated sharply and China is in a much stronger economic, military and geopolitical power than a quarter of a century ago.

Guangming Ribao, China

“The visit proved the ambiguous position of the US on the Taiwan issue, it demonstrated how America contradicts itself in diplomatic philosophy and practice. The visit caused great damage to the peace around Taiwan, as well as to Sino-US relations and the world order. <…> On the one hand, they constantly claim to support the “one China” policy, on the other hand, they devalue this policy by supporting, overtly or covertly, the “Taiwan independence” forces, trying to use Taiwan to contain China. <…>

For decades, the US has used Taiwan as a pawn against China, it has never really cared about the people of Taiwan or the peaceful development of the island. One must be ready for a collision, because one day the tragic games in which the pawn is thrown out will be played again. The unrealizable dreams of gaining independence with the help of external forces will eventually lead to collapse, and pro-independence Taiwanese politicians will definitely be pilloried by history. The Chinese government and people are ready for a decisive struggle. They will never give room for Taiwan independence activism and will never allow outside forces to separate Taiwan from China. The strong will of 1.4 million Chinese is unshakable. Anyone who plays with the fire of “Taiwan independence” will end up getting burned.”

Al Jazeera, Qatar

“The tectonic shift in domestic political alignments and the regional balance of power has caused dangerous dynamics in the Taiwan Strait. On the one hand, China has become more assertive in foreign policy, especially since Xi Jinping came to power, who vowed to carry out a “great renewal of the Chinese nation.” and realize the “Chinese Dream” by turning the country into a world superpower. To this end, Xi has made it clear that he is using “all necessary means” in order to re-incorporate Taiwan into China and protect the country's territorial claims in the region. Under his leadership, China quickly developed its military capabilities, rapidly undermining America's dominance in the region.

Meanwhile, nationalism and pro-independence sentiments are gaining momentum in Taiwan. Back in the mid-1990s, more than half of the local residents identified themselves as both Chinese and Taiwanese. In 2020, a Pew Research Center poll showed that only 4% see themselves as Chinese, while two-thirds of the population define themselves strictly as Taiwanese. <…>

The problem is that even precise military maneuvers can lead to major incidents and unintentional escalation between the protagonists. And even if Pelosi's visit does not provoke a major military confrontation in the coming days, the two superpowers still face a stark choice as nationalist sentiment and the balance of power on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are rapidly shifting. The geopolitical turmoil surrounding the visit of the speaker of the US House of Representatives is likely to be the first salvo in a long and increasingly dangerous struggle for the future of Taiwan.

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Media: the site of the office of the head of Taiwan administration was subjected to DDoS attacks

The official website of Taiwan's chief of staff's office was subjected to DDoS attacks from abroad amid a visit to the island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Taiwanese administration spokesman Zhang Dunhan said.

This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Taiwanese media.

It is noted that the number of attacks, starting from 17:15 (12:15 Moscow time), has become 200 times more than on ordinary days.

According to Dunhan, the site has been restored.

Recall that the plane carrying Pelosi landed in Taiwan's capital Taipei.

the second of three levels of alert due to the start of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) exercises in the South China Sea. It was reported that the maneuvers began against the backdrop of Pelosi's visit.

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Chinese army begins exercises near Taiwan

The Chinese army has begun military exercises near Taiwan. Joint air and sea operations started in the sea and airspace to the southwest, north and southeast of the island, according to RIA Novosti.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense condemned the Chinese exercises, saying that their purpose – “Psychologically intimidate the population.”

“PRC is trying to threaten the main ports and cities of the island,” the Ministry of Defense said.

The Taiwanese military is monitoring the situation, raising the level of readiness.

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It was previously reported that the Chinese armed forces will conduct joint sea and air exercises around Taiwan, including test launches of missiles with a conventional warhead.

The situation around the island has escalated due to the visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to Taipei USA Nancy Pelosi, whose plane landed today in the capital of Taiwan.

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Medvedev composed an “existential fairy tale” after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

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Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, after the arrival in Taiwan of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, published in his Telegram channel “An Existential Tale of an Old Man, an Old Woman and a Fish”. In brackets, he indicated that it was “not Pushkin.”

Medvedev wrote that the action of the tale takes place in a “big and rich kingdom” where “an old man and an old woman” live. An old fisherman casts a net “often with neighbors and acquaintances” who do not like it. Once the old man went “to a foreign land” to catch “big fish”, but “not with his own hands”: he forced “poor fishermen” to do this, to whom he gave “rods and nets”. “But the fish don't come,” — writes Medvedev.

Then the old man sent the old woman to distant lands, so that she would catch the “golden” there. fish. But when the old woman demanded this fish from the sea, the sea “reared”, in it appeared together with the golden fish “whale fish, sickle fish and hammerhead fish”, “fierce, terrible”, which “just about torn to pieces» old woman. She was “frightened” and came back with nothing— and there an old man and a “broken trough” were waiting for her.

The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council warned that this “fairy tale” “not the end”.

Full text of the “fairy tale” Medvedev:

In one big and rich kingdom there lived an old man and an old woman. The old man loved to fish, throwing a net in the most unexpected places, often with neighbors and acquaintances. Obviously, they didn't like it. But they endured, respected the old man for past merits, cunning and strength. For a long, long time he caught fish, large and small, made good money and slowly out of his mind survived. And now his fishing happiness began to change. In unconsciousness, the old man went to a foreign land. I was hoping to catch a big fish in the distant lands. And, as usual, not by hand. He began to demand from poor fishermen that they drag him a fish. And he supplied imudochki and nets, but he himself did not go to sea. He told them: “I have become old, weak. But I need a lot of fish to be happy with the old woman. I need the biggest fish! You will catch until at least one of you remains alive, will stand on his feet, will not drown in the abyss of the sea. And those fools and dupes from the distant lands agreed. Day and night they catch slippery fish and various sea reptiles for the old man and the old woman. They hope to pull out the biggest fish, to amuse the old man with the old woman. But the fish do not go, although the nets are new and the fishing rods are cunning. That mud will come, then the grass of the sea. And the old man got excited more than ever, he remembered his youth, he wants to be the ruler of the earth and the sea. But he is seriously ill, thinks hard, gets confused in his thoughts, stumbles on the go. And then the old man sent his old woman to faraway lands to the farthest kingdom, to catch not just a simple fish, but a golden one. Oriental. So that she always obeyed them, fulfilled their whims, paid off whatever they wished. An old woman arrived in that kingdom-state. Went out to sea. He demands to give her a goldfish on a tray this hour. He wants the old woman to have a fish on parcels. As the blue-sea heard such absurdity, demonic impudence, insane speeches, it reared up, foamed. Its angry waves swelled, howling with a terrible howl. And look— a fish emerged from the ocean. Not simple, but golden, oriental. And with her there is a whale fish, a sickle fish and a hammer fish. Violent, terrible. They click on the old woman with their teeth, they are about to tear it to pieces, tear it apart. The old woman was frightened then in earnest. Worth shaking. The goldfish grinned, glanced briefly into the eyes of the old woman. Yes, she didn’t say anything, she just waved her tail in the water. And washed away the greedy old woman with stormy water— she is not the owner of a golden fish, she is not a decree to the ocean-sea. The old woman returned home not salty slurping. Look— and on the shore sits her sick old man, screwing up his half-blinded eyes, moving his lips, but he does not recognize his old woman. And in front of him lies a broken trough. It's not over yet.

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Beijing believes that Pelosi's visit was a violation of the “one China” principle, according to which Taiwan, which declared its independence from The PRC in 1949 is part of China, not a separate country. Washington pointed out that the speaker's trip was not “a cause for crisis”; and corresponds to their policy towards the island.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry protests Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

The Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned the US ambassador and protested because of Pelosi's visit to Taiwan Beijing believes that Pelosi's visit to Taiwan is a provocation and a violation of the “one China” principle. The White House said earlier that the trip does not indicate any change in Washington policy 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/3/11/756594676056113.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >

The Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns and strongly protested the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. This is reported by Huanqiu Shibao with reference to the country's Central Television.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng said that Pelosi challenged the world and deliberately committed a provocation, violated the “one China” principle; and the provisions of the three joint communiqués between China and the United States.

The US government should be held accountable and “pay for its mistakes,” he said. Beijing demanded that the American side take practical measures to eliminate the negative consequences of Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

"Taiwan— this is a Chinese island, and in the end it will return to the arms of the Motherland,»,— concluded Xie Feng.

Pelosi flew to Taipei, the capital of partially recognized Taiwan, on the evening of August 2 as part of an Asian tour, during which she visited Singapore and Malaysia. Also, her office announced an upcoming visit to South Korea and Japan; a trip to Taiwan has not been officially announced.

The PRC reminded Washington of following the “one China” principle, according to which Taiwan, which declared its independence from the PRC in 1949, is considered by Beijing to be a part of China, and not a separate country, and warned of retaliatory measures if a high-ranking official visits the island. The Chinese army will conduct firing exercises near the island from the evening of August 2.

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US President Joe Biden said in late July that the US military considers Pelosi's trip to the island “not a good idea.” However, White House National Security Council (NSC) strategic communications coordinator John Kirby stressed that Pelosi has the “right” to visiting Taiwan does not indicate any changes in US policy towards China.

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China suspends sand exports to Taiwan after Pelosi visit

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China has suspended exports of natural sand to Taiwan since August 3, according to the country's Ministry of Commerce. The measure was introduced “in accordance with existing laws and regulations.”

Sand is used to make glass, in the production of concrete, in the construction of roads and infrastructure.

However, Beijing temporarily stopped imports from the island of citrus fruits and two types of fish products, including frozen mackerel, Reuters reports citing Chinese customs.

The authorities also banned companies in mainland China from cooperating with the two organizations— The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Taiwan Foundation for International Cooperation and Development, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokeswoman for the Chinese State Council's Office of Taiwan Affairs.

The Chinese authorities announced the measures following a visit to the island by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has become the highest-ranking US official who have visited Taiwan for 25 years.

Beijing condemned the visit and called it a violation of the “one China” principle (assumes the inclusion of Taiwan, which declared its independence from the PRC in 1949, into China), national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country; the US ambassador was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Vice Minister Xie Feng accused Pelosi of challenging the world and intentionally provoking.

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Even before the arrival of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, China's General Administration of Customs had suspended imports of more than 3,000 goods from more than 100 food companies in Taiwan to mainland China. According to the department, these enterprises violated the rules of customs clearance.

The US White House insists that Pelosi's visit does not contradict the “One China” principle. According to White House National Security Council (NSC) strategic communications coordinator John Kirby, Washington expects Beijing to be able to retaliate and is ready to respond to them, but does not intend to create a crisis situation and does not seek conflict with China: “We do not intend to “sabre-rattling.”

Amid Pelosi's visit, the United States and China began to increase their military presence near Taiwan. Washington sent aircraft carriers and landing ships there, Beijing also sent aircraft carriers to the sea and announced exercises in the South China Sea.

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Pelosi visits Taiwan’s parliament

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Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who arrived in Taiwan on the evening of August 2, visited the parliament of the partially recognized state, Reuters reports citing local television.

“We came with friendship, we came with peace to the region,” — she said. Pelosi thanked the island's leadership for their hospitality, called Taiwan “one of the freest societies in the world.” and said that Washington would like to intensify the inter-parliamentary dialogue with Taipei. She expressed her hope that there will be “more opportunities for US-Taiwan economic cooperation.”

Pelosi also said the US should support Taiwan as the island faces growing threats from Beijing.

< p>Taiwan Deputy Speaker Cai Qichang called Pelosi a “great friend of the Taiwanese people.” Her delegation's visit is evidence of “defending the values ​​of democracy and freedom,” he said.

According to CNN, Pelosi was unable to meet with Assembly Speaker Yoo-Sikun because he tested positive for COVID-19. After visiting parliament, she will meet with Taiwan's chief executive, Tsai Ing-wen.

Pelosi cited support for a “bright and dynamic” as the main purpose of her visit. democracy in Taiwan. She arrived on the island as part of an Asian tour; this visit to the island has not been officially announced before.

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Beijing considers the island, which declared independence from China in 1949, its territory. The Chinese authorities sharply criticized Pelosi's visit, saying that the speaker challenged the world, deliberately committed a provocation and violated the “one China” principle. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the United States was “playing a game with fire.” According to the ministry, Washington's actions “seriously violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China and undermined peace and stability in Taiwan.”

The Chinese authorities announced large-scale military exercises off the coast of Taiwan. The island nation's defense ministry said the maneuvers showed Beijing was “seeking to undermine peace and stability in the region,” Reuters reported. Taiwan has raised the level of combat readiness.

US authorities emphasize that Pelosi's visit does not contradict the “one China” principle; and does not signify a change in the policy of the United States towards the PRC. The White House said that Washington expects Beijing to be able to retaliate and is ready to respond to them, but does not intend to create a crisis situation and does not seek conflict with China.

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China suspends sand supplies to Taiwan from August 3

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The Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China has announced that it has stopped supplying natural sand to Taiwan, according to an official statement on the website departments.

“According to relevant regulations, a decision has been made to temporarily stop the export of natural sand to Taiwan. The corresponding measure comes into force on August 3,” the text of the document says.

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China and Taiwan escalate military threats ahead of Pelosi visit

Beijing will have to react to avoid losing face

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday in a controversial visit that could heighten tensions between Beijing and Washington. Against this backdrop, military rhetoric is intensifying on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan's Ministry of Defense has warned that it will respond to “enemy threats” as China escalates military threats on the day of US Speaker Nancy Pelosi's highly controversial visit to Taipei, writes The Guardian.

In a statement Tuesday, Taiwan's defense ministry said it was fully aware of military activities near the island and had “determination, ability and confidence” to ensure Taiwan's national security. The agency added in a statement that it has developed various – which, it is not specified – emergency plans.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's premier confirmed that the country is “warmly welcoming” foreign visitors ahead of a potential visit by Pelosi. Taipei will “take the most appropriate measures” for such guests and respect their plans, Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang told reporters on Tuesday when asked about the US House Speaker's visit.

The statements came after Reuters reported that several Chinese warships and aircraft passed near the median line, the unofficial border between the mainland and the island in the Taiwan Strait. Citing unnamed sources, the report said the ships had been in the area since Monday and the last flights took place on Tuesday morning, prompting the Taiwan Air Force to take off its planes in response.

It was previously reported that the ministry The Taiwan Defense Forces have adjusted and strengthened the combat readiness of the armed forces in response to the threat from China. According to public broadcaster CNA, formally the readiness level has not changed, it concerns only two stages: the current regular stage and wartime.

China also announced several days of live-fire exercises in the region, although they may be related to events marking the founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday.

The PLA also posted a propaganda video that does not mention Taiwan but shows a live-fire exercise and says the army will “bury the approaching enemy.”

On Tuesday, several Chinese officials issued further warnings. Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang shared a video of the PLA, saying that the military “will not sit idly by when it comes to protecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Former Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming echoed others in many ways government statements about Pelosi's trip. “Her visit to Taiwan would be a gross interference in China's internal affairs, a serious undermining of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, a senseless violation of the principle of one China,” the diplomat said.

Overnight, Chinese authorities announced a sudden import ban on more than 100 Taiwanese food companies, local media reported, in what was interpreted as an act of retaliation for Pelosi's expected visit – China's trading tools have already been used frequently in bilateral disputes.

Multiple media reports have suggested that Pelosi will land in Taipei on Tuesday evening and meet with the President of Taiwan on Wednesday as an unofficial visit to the island during her tour of Asia. Nancy Pelosi, a longtime anti-China hawk, will become the highest-ranking member of the US government to visit Taiwan in decades, and Beijing has repeatedly threatened to take “countermeasures” in response.

Nancy Pelosi refused to confirm her trip to Taiwan – visit was rescheduled after plans for April were put on hold when she contracted Covid-19 — but the lack of rebuttal and multiple media leaks sparked an angry response from China and fears the situation could escalate.

While Taiwan has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Beijing claims it is a Chinese province that it intends to “reunify” by force if necessary. The CCP strongly objects to foreign demonstrations of support for what it calls Taiwan's “separatist” government, especially from the United States.

Sources in Taiwan told the Guardian that there is a general concern that if Pelosi does not come, this will mean that the US can be intimidated with verbal threats, and this will undermine Taiwan's trust in US support.

Kolas Yotaka on Tuesday , a former Taiwanese presidential spokeswoman, said she supported Pelosi's visit to Taipei. “No one has the right to say whether Speaker Pelosi should come to Taiwan or not,” she said. “Only she can decide, and she shouldn't feel threatened. I am looking forward to her visit. It makes us feel less isolated and believe that there are still people who hold on to their beliefs and ideals.”

China's response to reports of Pelosi's visits has intensified, albeit without specifics. In a lengthy phone call last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden against “playing with fire” over Taiwan, while officials repeatedly said the PLA would not “do nothing” during the visit. Analysts in Taiwan and abroad have expressed concern that Beijing's rhetoric has reached a level that will force it to take action in order not to lose face.

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Nancy Pelosi’s plane arrives in Taiwan

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The plane carrying Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan, according to Flight Radar data.

China has repeatedly warned that Pelosi's visit would be seen as a violation of its sovereignty and threatened consequences, including a military response. Prior to her arrival, Beijing closed the skies over the Taiwan Strait to civilian aircraft. Taiwan Air Force fighter jets and Chinese People's Liberation Army interceptors were scrambled into the air.

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China-U.S. relations escalated in the second half of July after reports that Pelosi Asian tour is going to visit Taiwan. Her official schedule did not include a visit to the island, she was expected to visit Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.

However, soon sources from a number of media outlets, including CNN, reported that Pelosi would also visit Taiwan. After these reports appeared, China repeatedly called on the US leadership to cancel the visit, recalling the obligations that support for “one China” imposes on the States.

On Thursday, July 28, US President Joe Biden held two-hour talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Bloomberg reported that Xi warned Biden that those who “play with fire will get burned.” The Chinese leader stressed that Beijing is determined to “resolutely defend China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” on the issue of Taiwan and added that he did not recognize the proclaimed independence of the island.

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Chinese troops “will not sit idly by” if Pelosi visits Taiwan. The department once again noted that the visit of the “third official of the American authorities” (after the president and vice president) to Taiwan, which declared its independence from China in 1949, “will lead to egregious political impact”; (Beijing continues to consider it a province.)

The United States deployed an aircraft carrier and landing ships to the Taiwan area. The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan is located in the Taiwan area. (On July 26, she left Singapore, according to The New York Times, having received orders to proceed north towards the South China Sea and towards Taiwan), the Tripoli landing ships; (located off the southern Japanese island of Okinawa) and «America» (near the city of Sasebo in southwestern Japan). Another aircraft carrier, the Abraham Lincoln, the US Navy amphibious assault ship Essex and 36 other warships, as well as three submarines, are located in Hawaii.

In turn, the Chinese aircraft carriers “Liaoning” and “Shandong” left the ports of Qingdao and Sanya and put to sea. In addition, the Chinese army began exercises in regions close to Taiwan.

On Saturday, July 30, a US Air Force Boeing C-40C with registration number 09-0540, which allegedly carried Pelosi took off from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and headed for the Pacific Ocean. The Flightradar24 service did not indicate the final destination of the flight. A record number of people watched its progress using the service: by 16:00 Moscow time, more than 100 thousand people were watching the flight.

The plane landed in Hawaii. On August 1, Pelosi visited Singapore, and on the morning of August 2, she arrived in Malaysia. After that, her plane took off from Kuala Lumpur and headed for Taiwan.

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Nancy Pelosi begins her visit to Taiwan

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Pelosi flew to Taiwan despite the fears of the US administration

The plane of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan at the capital's Songshan Airport. She became the first high-ranking American politician to visit the island in 25 years. More than 250 thousand people watched her flight on the Flightradar24 service. The site was temporarily down due to a hacker attack.

The fact that Pelosi will still visit partially recognized Taiwan as part of the Asian tour was reported by the Taiwanese media on the evening of August 1. However, neither the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry nor the US State Department confirmed this information. According to Taiwanese media, Pelosi was supposed to arrive in the capital of the island of Taipei late on August 2 and spend the night there, and then visit the Taiwan Legislative Council in the morning to meet with the leadership of the island, including its head Tsai Ing-wen. Later, the American television channel CNN gave similar information, citing high-ranking officials in Washington and Taipei.

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The speaker of the House of Representatives is to spend the night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where an entire floor has been allocated for her and members of her delegation: 48 rooms have been booked for Pelosi. This hotel is located in the city center and is known for being the choice of US officials and ex-politicians during their visit to Taiwan— so, the last time former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stayed there. While waiting for Pelosi, a banner with her image appeared near the hotel as a sign of welcome. Taiwanese media have also released footage of the country's Legislative Council laying the red carpet for Pelosi's visit.

According to the Taiwanese publication Reports of China, Taipei withdrew Pelosi's invitation due to too much attention from the world community and growing disagreements between the United States and China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory. However, Pelosi refused to cancel the trip on the pretext that she wants to go down in history and for her this is more important than the potential threat of creating a new Taiwan crisis by analogy with 1996. The US administration and the Pentagon were also against her visit, according to CNBC. According to the channel, Pelosi's visit indicates a deep division in Washington, but Beijing is not ready to accept claims that the actions of the US Congress, whose lower house is headed by Pelosi, must be separated from the policies of the White House.

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However, according to Politico, Pelosi's visit was possible because the Pentagon lowered the potential risk level of such a trip. The publication notes that this indicates an agreement between China and the United States, “which will allow them to continue working, reducing the likelihood of miscalculations during the escalation of bilateral tensions.”

What was said in Washington and Beijing about Pelosi's visit

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White House National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said during a briefing on Monday that Pelosi is eligible to visit Taiwan. He added that Washington would be closely monitoring the potential risks of such a trip and that it was Washington's responsibility to keep Pelosi safe. Kirby stressed that the speaker of the House of Representatives will decide on her own visit to Taiwan and the US administration has no right to dissuade her.

At the same time, according to the coordinator, the potential visit “does not change anything”; and the US will continue to pursue the one-China policy. “Simply put, there is no reason for Beijing to turn a possible visit, consistent with long-standing US policy, into any kind of crisis or conflict, or use it as an excuse to ramp up aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” he concluded.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made similar statements. He also said that the decision to visit Taiwan is up to Pelosi. “If the speaker decides to visit [Taiwan] and China tries to create a crisis of some kind or otherwise increase tension, it will be entirely in Beijing,” he emphasized.

For his part, China's envoy to the UN Zhang Jun said at a press conference that Washington should understand the consequences of such a visit and that it would undermine relations between the countries. Taiwan, according to the diplomat, is an integral part of the territory of China and the issue of the country's territorial integrity— this is the red line for Beijing. “We do not allow anyone to cross this red line. We strongly oppose any separatist movements in the context of Taiwan, as well as interference in China's internal affairs,— Jun said. According to him, Beijing will do everything in its power to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In turn, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned Washington of military retaliation if Pelosi visits Taiwan. “The Chinese side once again warns the American side that the PRC is on high alert, the Chinese army will by no means remain an indifferent observer and will definitely take decisive and effective countermeasures to protect sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.

What military measures have been taken by the US, China and Taiwan

Following reports of Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) began exercises in the South China Sea. According to the China Maritime Security Administration, from 00:00 on August 2 to 00:00 on August 6, military exercises with live firing will be held in part of the South China Sea. In this regard, Beijing has closed the entry of ships into the waters of a number of areas. Earlier, the PLA has already stepped up exercises in the waters of Fujian Province, separated from Taiwan by a strait. On Tuesday afternoon, Reuters reported that PLA Air Force planes conducted maneuvers in which they approached the so-called median line dividing the Taiwan Strait. Also, several ships of the Chinese Navy remained near this line. On the beaches of Fujian province, eyewitnesses filmed the movement of military equipment and PLA soldiers.

In turn, the United States took off eight F-15 fighters and five tanker aircraft from the American base in Okinawa. Taiwan's army was also put on alert.

In addition to military preparations, China introduced preventive economic measures, suspending more than 3,000 imports to mainland China from more than 100 food companies in Taiwan. According to Taiwan's Central News Agency, the announcement of the suspension of imports was received on the evening of August 1st. China has blacklisted companies involved in the production of tea, dried fruits, honey, cocoa beans and vegetables. The products of some 700 fishing boats were also banned. Beijing pointed out that these companies from the Republic of China violated the rules of customs clearance.

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Pelosi’s visit aims to support Taiwan’s ‘bright democracy’

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Support for “bright and dynamic” Taiwan's democracy is the main purpose of the US delegation's visit. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said this upon arrival in Taipei, Reuters reports. said the speaker.

U.S. solidarity with Taiwan's 23 million people is more important today than ever, as “the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy,” she said.

Pelosi's visit has exacerbated already tense relations between the US and China. Over the past weeks, China has been warning the US authorities that the move would be seen as a violation of its sovereignty, and threatened with imminent consequences. However, Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was not officially confirmed until the last moment.

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On the afternoon of August 2, a special flight with Pelosi on board, departing from Malaysia, turned towards Taiwan. After that, China announced military exercises near the Taiwan Strait, and the Japanese NHK reported that five American tanker aircraft and eight F-15 fighters took off from the Kaneda air base in Okinawa Prefecture towards the island.

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Taiwan declared secession from China during a civil war in 1949. Beijing does not recognize the independence of the island and considers it its province. The administrative status of the region has not been settled.

Officially, the United States has no relations with the Taiwan authorities, but since 1979 a law has been in force between them, according to which Washington can supply defensive weapons to the region. At the same time, the US authorities have repeatedly stated that they support the “one China” policy.

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China after the arrival of Pelosi demanded not to play the “Taiwan card”

Chinese Foreign Ministry: Pelosi's visit to Taiwan violates the principle of “one China” Beijing called on Washington to stop interfering in the country's internal affairs. The US Senate said that Pelosi's visit is consistent with the US “one China” policy, to which Washington remains committed 756594549506185.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/5/18/756594549506185.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/5/18/756594549506185.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan on a US military plane seriously violates the One China principle; and the provisions of the three Sino-US communiqués. This is stated in a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, CGTN reports.

“[Pelosi's trip] greatly affected the political basis of Sino-US relations, violated China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously undermined the stability of the Taiwan Strait, sent a false signal to separatist forces advocating 'Taiwan independence,'” The Chinese ministry stressed.

Beijing strongly condemned Nancy Pelosi's visit and strongly protested to Washington.

The White House announced that Pelosi's trip was in line with US policy on Taiwan and that the US would carefully follow China's actions after Pelosi's departure.

“Obviously we will be watching this closely. There is no reason for this visit to be a pretext for a crisis or conflict, or a pretext that the Chinese might try to use for some kind of military action. said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, on CNN.

In the US Senate, a group of 26 Republicans issued a statement in support of Pelosi's trip to Taiwan. “This trip is in line with the US One China policy to which we are committed,” said Republican Mitch McConnell (quoted by Bloomberg).

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A special flight with Nancy Pelosi on board landed in Taiwan on August 2. The congresswoman said that the main purpose of the visit was American delegation is to support the “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan.

“Our congressional delegation's visit to Taiwan confirms America's unwavering commitment to support Taiwan's vibrant and vibrant democracy,”” said the speaker.

She pointed to the importance of US solidarity with Taiwan's 23 million people because, in her words, “the world is facing a choice between autocracy and democracy.”

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Nancy Pelosi flew to Taiwan. The main thing

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Actual at 18:30

  • The plane of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan, at Taipei International Airport.

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  • Pelosi left the airliner, which took off from Malaysia, flew over Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and eventually flew to Taiwan. Thus, the first visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the island in 25 years began. She immediately made a statement about the inadmissibility of attempts to unilaterally violate Taiwan's sovereignty.
  • China has repeatedly warned that this step will be considered a violation of its sovereignty and threatened with inevitable consequences. Beijing has closed the skies over the Taiwan Strait to civilian aircraft. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called the Taiwan issue an exclusively internal affair of China, in which other countries should not interfere.
  • The Chinese authorities announced that they plan to hold naval exercises off the coast of Taiwan from Thursday to Sunday.

Why China opposed Pelosi visit

  • Taiwan (or Republic of China)— it is a partially recognized state whose sovereignty is recognized by 14 countries. Formally, the Republic of China was founded in 1911, but in fact, this state entity has existed on the territory of Taiwan since the early 1950s— supporters of the ruling Kuomintang fled there after the civil war in China. At that time, the United States did not recognize the PRC, considering the government in Taiwan to be legitimate.
  • Until the early 1970s, it was Taiwan that actually represented China in the UN. However, after Richard Nixon's visit to China and the improvement of US-China relations, the US agreed that it was communist China that was the subject of international law. Thus, theoretically, any visit to Taiwan is against the law from Beijing's point of view.
  • Nevertheless, the United States officially maintains strong economic and political ties with Taiwan, including in the defense sphere.
  • In 1997, Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich visited Taiwan. In Taipei, he met with the president of the partially recognized country, Lee Teng-hui. There was little protest in Beijing then, given the imminent reunification with Hong Kong and Macau.

Pelosi Tour

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  • Pelosi's Asian tour began on July 31 as part of a delegation of US congressmen. As reported on the website of the politician, they will visit four countries— Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. The main topics of the visit were to be “peace and security, economic growth and trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance.”
  • Taiwan was not originally named as one of Pelosi's tour destinations. The Speaker of the House of Representatives had planned to visit Taiwan in April, but postponed the trip indefinitely due to the fact that she contracted the coronavirus. She has not officially announced her intention to make a stopover in Taipei, citing security concerns, but she has not denied the possibility either.

  • The White House said that Pelosi did not confirm their plans to travel to Taiwan. At the same time, the US administration emphasized that Pelosi has the right to do so, like any US congressman. In accordance with the US Constitution, Pelosi— the third-ranking person in the country after the president and vice president.

China's position

  • Relations between China and the United States have escalated following reports of Pelosi's alleged visit to Taiwan. Beijing is reminding Washington to follow the One China principle, in which Taiwan has no sovereignty. Thus, the visit of the American politician to China is regarded as a violation of its own sovereignty.
  • “If the American side insists on going its own way, the Chinese military will never sit idly by and will certainly take strong measures to prevent any interference from outside forces and separatist plots for ‘Taiwan independence’, as well as vigorously defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity»,— said Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tang Kefei on July 26.
  • The Chinese Foreign Ministry emphasized that “the United States will pay the price if China's security interests are harmed.”
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Russian Position

  • Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Pelosi's tour is provocative. “This provokes a situation, leads to an increase in tension. We emphasize once again that we stand in solidarity with China. Understandably sensitive attitude to this topic. The United States, instead of respecting it, is provoking,— said the Kremlin spokesman.
  • The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the settlement in the Taiwan Strait an internal affair of China. She described Pelosi's visit as a provocation. “Live, at the request of the crowd, irresponsible American political temporary workers inflict insults on China's one and a half billion people. USA— state-provocateur»,— she wrote in her Telegram channel.

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  • Amid the Chinese Foreign Ministry's statements about the readiness of the armed forces to respond to Pelosi's visit, the Chinese army began pull armored vehicles to areas on the shores of the Taiwan Strait. We are talking about both tanks and MLRS.

  • In the past three weeks, the Chinese Air Force has repeatedly raised aircraft and entered the zone of responsibility of Taiwan's air defense. An hour before Pelosi's arrival in Taipei, there were reports that Taiwan Air Force fighter jets, American aircraft from a base in Japan, and Chinese interceptors were scrambled into the air. However, there were no reports of any conflicts in the air.

  • In addition, amid reports of Pelosi's Asian tour, American warships, including the aircraft carrier &laquo ;Ronald Reagan».

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China announces firing and drills off the coast of Taiwan

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The Chinese army will conduct firing exercises off the island of Taiwan on the evening of August 2, Xinhua reports. with reference to a representative of the Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army of China.

“Long-range live firing will be held in the Taiwan Strait, in the eastern waters of the island of Taiwan— trial firing from conventional guided missiles. This action is a serious deterrent in response to the recent major escalation by the United States on the Taiwan issue, and is a serious warning to the “Taiwan independence” forces,— According to the message.

In addition, exercises will be organized in the water area and airspace north, southwest and southeast of Taiwan.

Under the “major escalation” from Washington's side, Beijing implies a visit by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. She, along with other congressmen, is on an Asian tour; initially, her visit to the island was not announced. However, on the evening of August 2, her plane landed at the Taipei airport.

Even before Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, both China and the United States began to amass military forces in the area of ​​the island. Nikkei Asia pointed out that Washington sent aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships there, Beijing also sent aircraft carriers to the sea and announced exercises in the South China Sea.

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry considered the speaker's visit a violation of the “One China” principle, the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, as well as the provisions of the three Sino-American communiqués. Beijing strongly condemned Nancy Pelosi's visit and strongly protested to Washington.

The US indicated that Pelosi's visit was in line with and did not reflect changes in its Taiwan policy. There is no reason “for this visit to be a cause for crisis, or conflict, or a pretext that the Chinese might try to use for some kind of military action,” there is no reason, said John Kirby, National Security Council strategic communications coordinator, on CNN.

Pelosi indicated that the purpose of her visit— reaffirm “America's unwavering commitment to support Taiwan's vibrant and vibrant democracy.” She noted that US solidarity with the people of the island is more important today than ever, as “the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy.”

The Kremlin considered Pelosi's trip provocative and leading to increased tension.< /p>

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