China is infuriated by the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.
Nancy Pelosi is the top US official to visit Taiwan in the last 25 years.
China claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes its ties with foreign governments.
Phnom Penh. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that China’s military drills targeting Taiwan and the launch of a missile into Japan’s exclusive economic zone are a sign of “intentional provocation” and called on China to step back. requested. China has started military exercises, upset over the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. China claims the self-governing island of Taiwan as part of it. Blinken told reporters on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Cambodia that Pelosi’s visit was peaceful and did not mark a change in US policy on Taiwan.
He alleged that China was taking it (the visit) as an excuse to “promote military activities along the Taiwan Straits”. He said this led to a “tough dialogue” during the East Asia Summit held in Phnom Penh. Apart from him and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, representatives of ASEAN, Russia and other countries also participated in this conference.
“I have made it clear once again that we have publicly and directly communicated with the Chinese Foreign Minister in recent days that he (Pelosi’s) visit should not be viewed as an act of war and provocation,” Blinken said. Must see, because what they have done cannot be justified. I have requested for an end to this kind of (military) action.
Meanwhile, China has imposed unspecified sanctions on Pelosi regarding travel to Taiwan. In a statement issued by China’s Foreign Ministry, it has been said that Pelosi has not cared for China’s concerns. Despite China’s aggressive response to Pelosi’s visit, Blinken said the US would also not change its “commitment to the security of its allies in the region” and the Defense Department sent the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier “to the general area to monitor the situation”. instructed to be present.
“We will continue to travel by air and sea in places where international law allows us to do so,” he said. We will continue with standard air and sea transit through the Taiwan Strait. As he entered the conference room during the inauguration of the East Asia Summit, Wang patted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the shoulder and shook his hand before returning to his seat. Blinken arrived at the end and he went some distance and sat down in his chair.
Tags: Antony Blinken, China, Taiwan
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 06, 2022, 00:57 IST