China and US allies divided over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

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BEIJING (TSWT) — The visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan has drawn bipartisan support and support from the world’s democracies domestically.

Meanwhile, China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory with no right to an independent identity, has garnered the support of authoritarian fellow states. The divided opinion speaks of China’s growing global influence as well as the repercussions caused by the world’s liberal societies.

The administration of President Joe Biden did not openly support Pelosi’s trip, with the president himself saying the military “didn’t think it was a good idea now” amid heightened tensions between the parties.

China has responded to the visit by announcing a series of day-long military exercises around Taiwan and broadcasting a torrent of insults targeting the US and Taiwanese governments, accusing them of conspiring to protect Chinese sovereignty and national security. to undermine. China cut ties with independence-leaning Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016 over her refusal to endorse her insistence that the island and mainland be part of a single Chinese nation.

“This move is a solemn deterrent to the recent major escalation of the United States’ negative actions on Taiwan, and a serious warning to Taiwan’s ‘independence forces’ seeking ‘independence,'” the Eastern statement said. Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army. Tuesday in a statement.

The exercises include air and sea exercises and targeting long-range missiles, the statement said. Operators are already bracing for disruptions to civil aviation and commercial shipping.

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The Chinese response has raised concerns about a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait, similar to that of 1995-96, when China held threatening military exercises and bracketed the island with missile strikes in waters north and south of the main ports. Despite their divisions during the civil war more than 70 years ago, China has maintained its threat to invade and vastly increased its capabilities through investments in missiles, naval ships and its air force.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, whose country’s ties to China have faded in recent years, specifically declined to comment on Pelosi’s visit on Wednesday. However, he noted, “We live in an era where strategic competition and increased tension in our region and China has taken a more aggressive stance in the region.”

“But our position on Taiwan is clear,” he added. “We do not want to see a unilateral change in the status quo and we will continue to work with partners to promote peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

Japanese Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno also avoided commenting on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, but expressed concern about China’s planned military exercises in regional seas that include parts of Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Matsuno said Japan has conveyed Tokyo’s “concerns” about the exercise to Beijing.

“The peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait is important not only for Japan’s national security, but also for the international community, and Japan’s position is that we expect a peaceful solution to Taiwan’s problems through dialogue.” Matsuno said.

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Meanwhile, China’s ally North Korea used the visit to accuse the US of being “the root cause of ravaged peace and security in the region,” and said it supported Beijing in the confrontation over Pelosi’s visit.

“We strongly condemn the interference of outside forces in the Taiwan issue and fully support the righteous stance of the Chinese government to resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a government spokesman said. “The US plan to disrupt China’s growth and development and its efforts to bring about the cause of reunification is sure to fail.”

Russia – another Chinese ally and whose invasion of Ukraine has fueled concerns over China’s own threat to forcibly annex Taiwan – called the visit a “clear provocation, consistent with the United States’ aggressive policy of bringing China to full effect.” to keep it under control”.

Beijing “has the right to take measures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in relation to the Taiwanese issue,” the government said in a statement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov further criticized the visit on Wednesday during a stop in Myanmar, where the Moscow-backed military government has been accused of widespread human rights violations.

“It is an aspiration to prove to everyone their impunity and show lawlessness. “It’s just my way,” something like this,” Lavrov said of the US. “I see no other reason to cause such an annoyance almost out of the blue.”

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China and Russia have closely aligned their foreign policies in recent years, with Moscow supporting China over Taiwan and Beijing refusing to criticize Russia for invading Ukraine, while accusing the US and NATO of provoking the conflict and leveling it up. of economic sanctions against Russia.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency also quoted the Chinese secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as saying that the Chinese-Russian-dominated grouping of mostly Central Asian states “firmly opposes interference in the internal affairs of its member states by any outsiders.” power.”

“Pelosi has visited the Chinese region of Taiwan without regard to China’s strong opposition and serious representations, and the Chinese government has expressed its firm opposition to and strongly condemned the visit,” said Zhang Ming.

Pelosi has made criticism of China and support for Taiwan a major focus of her more than three decades in Congress, with the famous unveiling of a banner commemorating the victims of the bloody crackdown by the Chinese military in 1989 against pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during a visit to the site in 1991.

Commenting during a meeting with Tsai on Wednesday, she said: “Today the world faces a choice between democracy and autocracy.”

“America’s determination to preserve democracy, here in Taiwan and around the world, remains rock solid,” Pelosi said.

After Taiwan, she will visit South Korea and Japan, both important American security partners in Asia.

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