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US House Speaker Pelosi descends on Taiwan, defying warnings from China: 10 points

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Nancy Pelosi was seen exiting the flight.

Taipei:
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reached Taiwan amid growing threats from China regarding the trip. China warned the US that it is “playing with fire”. The Chinese military has vowed to launch “targeted military action”.

Here are the top 10 points of this big story:

  1. “America’s solidarity with Taiwan’s 23 million people is more important than ever today, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy,” Nancy Pelosi tweeted after landing.

  2. “Our visit is one of several congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it is in no way contrary to United States policy, guided by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the US-China Joint Communion and the Six Assurances,” his second Read the tweet.

  3. Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said, “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is on high alert and will launch a series of targeted military operations to counter it, protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and prevent external interference and ‘Taiwan independence’.” Will completely thwart the separatist efforts.” Condemning the visit, said in a statement.

  4. Beijing considers Taiwan as part of its territory and sees the visit of the highest-ranking US official in more than 25 years as an endorsement of Taiwan’s independence movement. Washington officially has no diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, but is obliged by US law to help defend the island.

  5. Minutes after Pelosi’s plane landed, China lodged a strong protest with the US. “The United States … is attempting to use Taiwan to control China. It continually distorts, obscures, and hollows out the one-China doctrine, increases its official exchanges with Taiwan, And ‘Taiwan independence’ encourages separatist activities. These steps are extremely dangerous to play with fire. Those who play with fire will perish.”

  6. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said yesterday that Beijing’s responses could include missiles near Taiwan, large-scale air or naval activities, or further “false legal claims” that the Taiwan Strait is not an international waterway. . “We will not take the bait … (or) be afraid,” said Mr. Kirby.

  7. Earlier this evening, local media reported that Chinese fighter jets had crossed the Taiwan Strait, which China had closed to traffic as Ms Pelosi’s flight was headed for Taipei.

  8. Ms Pelosi’s US C-40C plane made a round and reached Taiwan from the Philippine Sea. Four US warships, including an aircraft carrier, have been deployed in waters east of Taiwan in what the US Navy calls routine deployments.

  9. Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry has kept silent about this visit. However, live television images showed Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu welcoming Ms Pelosi at the airport, where hundreds of people gathered to see her. Taipei’s tallest building was decorated as a welcome.

  10. The stir over Ms Pelosi’s visit risks strained relations across the region as governments face the reality of easing tensions between the world’s two largest economies. Both the US and China have sent diplomats to hold talks with Southeast Asian leaders.

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