His visit was no longer in doubt. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, arrived in Taiwan on August 2. Footage broadcast live on television showed MME Pelosi, 82, was greeted by Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign minister.
Upon his arrival, the senior US official said that his visit reflected the “unconditional support” from the United States to the island, while confirming that his arrival “contradicted[sait] » not US policy towards China.
Beijing denounced an “extremely dangerous” attitude
This trip is likely to raise tensions between Beijing and Washington. Nancy Pelosi is the most senior US official to visit Taiwan since her predecessor in the House, Newt Gingrich, in 1997.
China immediately criticized the behavior “very dangerous” in the United States. Earlier, Beijing admitted that “The United States certainly has a responsibility [des conséquences de la visite] and must pay the price for undermining China’s sovereignty and security.”in the words of Chinese diplomacy spokesperson, Hua Chunying. “The American side has betrayed its word on the Taiwan issue”also lamented Wang Yi, the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, in reference to the commitment of the United States, since 1979, to have no official relations with Taiwan.
Beijing considers the island part of its territory to be reunified, by force if necessary, and has repeatedly warned Washington against the arrival of the top official, seen as a major provocation. Before the announcement of the landing of MME Pelosi, the Chinese television channel CGTN reported that “Chinese Su-35 fighter jets” is in the process of “Crossing the Taiwan Strait”which separates mainland China from the island claimed by Beijing.
If the White House is embarrassed by the situation, John Kirby, its spokesman for defense matters, said on Monday that Mr.ME Pelosi has “The right to visit Taiwan”. “There is no reason for Beijing to make this visit, without abandoning the long-standing American doctrine, a form of crisis”he added.
Although most observers rate the likelihood of an armed conflict as low, US officials say they are preparing for a possible show of military force by China, such as attacks on missile in the Taiwan Straits or large-scale air raids around the island.
On Tuesday, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said in a statement, “determined” to protect the island against threats from China.
The United States practices in relation to Taiwan a diplomacy known as“strategic ambiguity”, which consisted of recognizing only one Chinese government, that of Beijing, while continuing to provide decisive support to Taipei, but refrained from saying whether or not they would defend the island militarily in the event of an invasion. John Kirby, like Nancy Pelosi, assured that this policy remains unchanged.
A “very dangerous and very provocative” visit
The 23 million Taiwanese live under the constant threat of an invasion from China, a fear that has increased since the coming to power of President Xi Jinping, who has made reunification a priority. Last week, during a telephone conversation with the American president, Mr. Xi called on the United States not to “don’t play with fire”.
“From what we see, such a visit seems very dangerous and offensive.added China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, in a press conference. If this visit happens, it will also weaken the relationship between China and the United States, I am sure that the United States understands this. » Russia, a major ally of China, has also accused the Americans “destroyed the world” and described Nancy Pelosi’s visit as a “full challenge”.
In support of their message, the Chinese military released a martial tone video on the Internet on Monday showing soldiers shouting that they are ready to fight, fighter jets taking off, paratroopers jumping from planes and rains. missiles that destroy different targets.