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Pelosi Taiwan visit – latest: Speaker reaffirms One China rule, lauds Taiwan Relations Act as ‘pillar’ of policy

China Warns of Visit to Taiwan as Nancy Pelosi Begins Asia Tour

A plane expected to carry U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday, raising tensions across the region as Chinese fighter jets fly near the sensitive centerline of the Taiwan Strait. increase.

Chinese warships and aircraft “pressed” the Central Line on Tuesday morning, but the foreign ministry condemned the trip as “playing with fire” and confirmed live-fire exercises off Taiwan.

Pelosi arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday morning for the second part of her Asian tour, after the U.S. military plane carrying the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a congressional delegation left the country and landed at Taiwan Songshan Airport in Taipei just before 11 p.m. local time. did.

in the meantime, Washington Post Pelosi released an editorial that said the visit was “a clear statement that the United States stands by our democratic partner, Taiwan, to defend our country and its freedoms.”

Pelosi left the United States on Sunday to begin a visit to Singapore. Her office says she also travels to South Korea and Japan.

It is the most significant visit by a US politician to Taiwan since House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s in 1997.

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Taiwan skyscraper lights up with message welcoming Pelosi

Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper was lit up Tuesday night with a message welcoming the arrival of Nancy Pelosi.

Messages displayed on Taipei 101 alternated between “Welcome to Taiwan,” “Thank you, friends of democracy,” and “The friendship between America and Taiwan will last forever.”

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Defense ministry says report of Chinese jet crossing Taiwan Strait is ‘fake news’

Taiwan’s defense ministry on Tuesday said the report was “fake news” shortly after Chinese state media reported that a Chinese government-sponsored SU-35 fighter jet had crossed the Taiwan Strait.

“Regarding online rumors that Chinese People’s Liberation Army Su-35 fighter jets crossed the Taiwan Strait, this is fake news,” the defense ministry tweeted, urging the public to read the full article online.

“Meanwhile, we urge netizens not to spread the word and strongly condemn this malicious act,” the agency added.

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Senate Republicans Release Statement Supporting Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

A long list of Republicans in the Senate released a statement in support of a trip to Taiwan shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday.

“We support Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. For decades, members of the U.S. Congress, including former Speakers of the House, have visited Taiwan. “We are also, more than ever, committed to all elements of the Taiwan Relations Act,” the Republican senator’s statement read.

Senators Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota were joined by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), John Thune (RS.D.) and Jim Inhoff (R -Oklahoma), Jim Rish (R-Idaho), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Kevin Cramer (RN.D.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee Republican), Tom Tillis (Republican), Tommy Tuberville (Alabama Republican), Steve Danes (Montana Republican), Susan Collins (Maine Republican), Deb Fisher (Republican, Nebraska) ), Todd Young (Republican, Indiana), Joni Ernst (Republican, Iowa), Rob Portman (Republican, Ohio), Sherry Moore Capito (RW.Va.), Mike Crapo (Republican, Idaho), Richard Burr (RN. C.), John Boozman (R-Arc.), Tim Scott (RS.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Pat Toomey (R-) Pa.)

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Video: Pelosi’s delegation arrives at Taipei’s Grand Hyatt

Video footage of Taipei appeared to show Nancy Pelosi’s delegation arriving at the Grand Hyatt in Taipei shortly after the US House Speaker’s military plane landed in Taiwan.

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Pelosi to meet Taiwan president Wednesday morning

Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to meet with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday morning, the president’s office said.

Taiwan’s presidential office said the speaker of the US House of Representatives will meet with the island’s leaders before lunch with her on Wednesday.

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Chinese military conducts live-fire exercises off Taiwan

Beijing announced that within an hour of Nancy Pelosi’s delegation landing in Taipei, Chinese forces would conduct live-fire exercises off the coast of Taiwan.

China has leveled accusations that the U.S. House Speaker’s visit was provocative, arriving after a series of stark warnings issued by the state when the visit had not yet reached the level of speculation.

Read the latest report from my colleague to stay up to date on this developing story David Harding:

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China is sending fighter jets to disturb the Taiwan Strait

Hours before the Speaker of the House of Representatives landed in Taipei just after 11 am on Tuesday, Chinese state television CGTN reported that an SU-35 fighter jet had entered the disputed waters between Taiwan and China.

Read the full report on this developing story Bevan Hurley

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Beijing condemns US actions ‘very dangerous’ after Pelosi lands on Taiwan

China condemned Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan shortly after the delegation landed in Taipei on Tuesday, calling a visit to the island “extremely dangerous”.

“The United States is constantly distorting, obscuring and hollowing out the one-China principle,” China’s foreign ministry said, according to AFP.

“These movements, like playing with fire, are very dangerous. Those who play with fire perish in fire.”

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Pelosi said in an op-ed that the Taipei visit was “a clear statement of America’s support for Taiwan.”

Shortly after landing in Taiwan, Washington Post Released an op-ed by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which she said, “The visit is seen as a clear statement that the United States will stand by its democratic partner, Taiwan, to defend itself and its freedoms. It should be done.”

Pelosi began her opinion piece by saying that the Taiwan Relations Act was passed 43 years ago and is “one of the most important pillars of US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The speaker wrote that the act “establishes America’s commitment to a democratic Taiwan and provides a framework for economic and diplomatic relations that will soon evolve into a vital partnership.”

“It fostered deep friendships rooted in common interests and values: self-determination and autonomy, democracy and freedom, human dignity and human rights.”

Read a colleague’s full report Gustav Kirandel under:

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Pelosi says her delegation’s visit ‘in no way contradicts’ long-standing US policy toward Taiwan

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, minutes after landing in Taiwan on Tuesday, said her visit, which marked the highest level of visits by U.S. officials in more than 20 years, was “unwavering in the United States” to support the island nation. He said it was a sign of commitment.

“Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors the United States’ unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” Pelosi tweeted just after 11 p.m. local time in Taipei.

“The talks with Taiwan’s leaders reaffirm our support for our partners and promote common interests, including advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

“As the world faces a choice between dictatorship and democracy, U.S. solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important than ever. A national policy guided by a communiqué and six guarantees.”

“The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo,” she concludes, before sharing a link to her office’s full statement on the unprecedented visit to Taiwan. Did.

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