China on Tuesday summoned the US ambassador to Beijing to rebuke House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “serious” visit to Taiwan, state media reported.
Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng expressed “strong opposition” to Pelosi’s visit to the democratic self-governing island, which China considers part of its territory, during talks with Ambassador Nicholas Burns.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying, “This step is of a very serious nature and has very serious consequences.” “China will not sit idly by.”
The visit of Pelosi, the highest-profile US official elected to visit Taiwan in 25 years, escalated tensions between the world’s two largest economies, with Beijing viewing it as a major stimulus.
As Xinhua news agency reported, Xie said the United States would “pay the price for its mistakes” and called on Washington to “immediately correct its wrongdoings, to offset the adverse effects caused by Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.” urged to take practical measures”.
Pelosi landed in Taiwan late Tuesday, defying a string of angry warnings from Beijing.
While the Biden administration is understood to be opposed to Pelosi’s Taiwan stop, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in Washington that he is entitled to go wherever he wants.
China’s military said it was on “high alert” and would “launch a series of targeted military actions” in response to the visit. It announced plans for a series of military exercises in the waters around the island starting Wednesday.
And Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Tuesday that more than 21 Chinese military aircraft had flown over the island’s air defense identification zone – an area wider than its territorial airspace that overlaps with part of China’s own air defense zone. does.
According to Xinhua, Xie told Burns, “Taiwan is the Taiwan of China, and Taiwan will eventually return to the embrace of the motherland. The Chinese people are not afraid of ghosts, pressure, and evil.”
There was no immediate comment from Washington.
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