China-Taiwan latest news: Pelosi says Asia trip was never about ‘changing the status quo’ as Beijing holds military exercises

Missiles fired from Chinese coast amid tensions in Taiwan

Nancy Pelosi, who arrived in Japan last night for the final leg of her Asia tour, said the trip to the region was “not about changing the status quo in Taiwan”.

Its diplomatic support for Taipei infuriated China and prompted it to conduct military exercises in the waters off Taiwan.

China’s state broadcaster said the military exercises that will end on Sunday will be the largest conducted by China in the Taiwan Strait. During the exercises, shots were fired on the waters and in the airspace around the island.

Five missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), prompting Tokyo to protest vigorously through diplomatic channels.

After the meeting, Ms. Pelosi, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said China’s military exercises targeting Taiwan pose a “serious problem” threatening regional peace and security and that missile launches “must be stopped immediately”.

The US House speaker, who previously labeled US commitment to democracy in Taiwan and elsewhere as “cast-iron,” said China will not isolate Taipei by preventing US officials from traveling there.

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China won’t isolate Taiwan by preventing US officials from traveling there, says Pelosi

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that China will not isolate Taiwan by preventing US officials from traveling there.

She made the comments in Tokyo, the latest leg of an Asia tour highlighted by a visit to Taiwan that infuriated China.

Ms Pelosi, the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, said in Taipei on Wednesday that US commitment to democracy on the self-governing island and elsewhere “remains rock solid”.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo on August 5, 2022

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The House speaker and five other members of Congress arrived in Tokyo late Thursday after visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.

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Pelosi: Asian trip ‘isn’t about changing the status quo in Taiwan’

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that the trip to Asia was never about changing the status quo in Taiwan or the region. She made the comments after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Ms. Pelosi, who became the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years, had praised democracy and promised solidarity, infuriating China. It prompted the furious neighbor to conduct military exercises in the waters off Taiwan.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pose for a photo shoot at the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo on August 5, 2022

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China’s state broadcaster said the military exercises that began yesterday and will end Sunday will be the largest conducted by China in the Taiwan Strait. During the exercises, shots were fired on the waters and in the airspace around the island.

Five missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), prompting Tokyo to protest vigorously through diplomatic channels.

Tokyo, one of Washington’s closest allies, is increasingly alarmed at China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific and the possibility that Beijing could take military action against Taiwan.

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Chinese Dongfeng missiles are at the center of tensions in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense has accused China of firing 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles into the waters northeast and southwest of the island as part of aggressive military exercises intended as an intimidating display of force.

Tensions in the region have risen significantly following a visit to Taiwan this week by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, third in line for the presidency and the most senior US politician to visit the country in 25 years.

Pelosi urged Pelosi not to pay any respect to an area that has its own democratic political system, constitution and military, but which China considers its own, warning that the trip was tantamount to “playing with fire”.

After brushing off those threats and arriving in Taipei, the superpower ordered five days of live fire drills and warned that regional conflicts could become inevitable, raising tensions with the self-governing republic to their highest levels since 1996.

Joe Sommerlad with the full story.

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South Korean president misses Pelosi meeting for staycation

Nancy Pelosi’s much-watched Asia tour included a series of high-profile meetings: talks with the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Malaysia; a meeting with the president of Taiwan; and a likely dialogue with the prime minister of Japan by the end of the week.

Missing from that list is the President of South Korea, who missed a face-to-face meeting with the Speaker of the House while staying in Seoul.

Ms. Pelosi arrived in South Korea on Wednesday evening. At the time, Yoon Suk-yeol was in northern Seoul to attend a theater performance, take selfies, and dine with the cast of a comedy about a subway station employee.

Mr Yoon’s office has explained that he was not available to meet the US leader in person.

Here’s our full story on the stubby.

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Photos and Videos Capture Nancy Pelosi Arriving in Japan

Nancy Pelosi arrived in Japan on Thursday evening.

She was greeted by a delegation that included US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel and Ricky Rupp, the commander of US forces in Japan.

This is what the scene looked like on the ground.

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Nancy Pelosi arrives in Japan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Japan on Thursday evening for the final leg of her Asia tour.

Her plane was taxiing at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo around 10 p.m.

During her visit, Ms Pelosi met with the Speaker of the Japanese House of Commons, Hosoda Hiroyuki.

She will also have breakfast with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday to discuss the US-Japan alliance.

Japan has protested China’s military exercises near Taiwan that took place when the US official visited the disputed island nation earlier this week.

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Another high-profile foreign trip – to the US

Nancy Pelosi isn’t the only leader on a controversial foreign tour.

Just over a week ago, the Hungarian prime minister gave a speech on immigration declaring that Europeans “don’t want to become mixed race peoples”.

The comments of Viktor Orban, the 59-year-old far-right leader, sparked outrage in his own country and across Europe for their explicit racism, and led to the resignation of his close adviser of 20 years, who described the speech as “pure Nazi violence.” text.”

But Orban’s use of white supremacist rhetoric did little to dampen American conservatives’ enthusiasm for his visit to the United States this week.

The prime minister was pictured laughing next to Donald Trump at his golf resort in Bedminster on Tuesday. After the meeting, the former president released a statement describing Orban as a “friend,” adding, “few people know so much about what’s going on in the world today.”

Richard Hall with the full story.

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Why did Pelosi visit the DMZ?

As if the tension wasn’t high enough, Nancy Pelosi visited the heavily fortified 160-mile-long demilitarized zone between North and South Korea with members of a congressional delegation on Thursday.

“It was a privilege to deal with American heroes in uniform on the ground in Korea, under General Paul LaCamera, Commander, US Forces Korea. During visits to the Demilitarized Zone/Joint Security Zone (DMZ/JSA) and Osan Air Base, we conveyed the gratitude of Congress and the country for the patriotic service of our Servicemembers, who stand as sentinels of democracy on the Korean Peninsula. ” she wrote in a statement afterwards.

The visit, as well as Ms Pelosi’s meeting with South Korean leaders, reinforced the US’s role as a nuclear deterrent on the Korean peninsula.

“The United States and South Korea share a strong bond formed for security and forged through decades of warm friendship. Our congressional delegation traveled to Seoul to reaffirm our cherished ties and shared commitment to promoting security and stability, economic growth and democratic governance,” the House Speaker said of her visit.

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Chinese ambassador to the US condemns Pelosi trip in Washington Post op-ed

Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the US, expressed frustration with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan in a scathing op-ed published Thursday in The Washington Post.

In the piece, he argued that the US and the international community have long recognized China as the sole representative of Taiwan. Mrs. Pelosi’s journey, he said, shattered a shaky peace.

“These are extremely irresponsible, provocative and dangerous moves,” he wrote. “The One-China principle is part of the post-war international order and has become a general international consensus. As a country that sees itself as a champion of the ‘rules-based international order’, the United States must, of course, adhere to the one-China principle.”

Read the full piece via the After.

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