Pelosi Says China “Won’t Isolate Taiwan” As Exercises Increase Near Island

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to China’s live military exercises around Taiwan on Friday by saying Beijing will fail to isolate the self-governing island, nor prevent US officials from visiting Taipei.

Send the news: Pelosi made the remarks after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo as she completed this week’s congressional delegation trip to Asia, including a visit to Taiwan, which sparked the exercises Beijing plans to last several days.

  • Pelosi denounced the Chinese military for firing missiles into the sea near Taiwan on Thursday and demanded it halt the launches “immediately” as Japanese officials estimate that five ballistic missiles have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
  • There were no direct reports of missile firing by the Chinese military on Friday, but Ministry of Defense of Taiwan said several Chinese warships and warplanes “participate in exercises around the Taiwan Strait and have crossed the median line”.

What they say: pelosi said: Beijing had tried to isolate Taipei by, among other things, preventing the World Health Organization from granting Taiwan recognition.

  • “The Chinese went on strike and probably used our visit as an excuse,” she said.
  • “They may try to stop Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they won’t isolate Taiwan,” Pelosi said. “They don’t follow our itinerary, the Chinese government doesn’t.”

Of interest: On the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Cambodia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern that Beijing could try to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

  • “We and countries around the world believe that escalation serves no one and could have unintended consequences that serve no one’s interests, including ASEAN members and China,” said Blinken.

Looking back: China’s foreign minister said: the day before Thursday’s munitions drills near Taiwan that Pelosi’s visit to Taipei was a “farce” and that “those who offend China will certainly be punished”.

context: The ruling Chinese Communist Party considers the democratically governed island a breakaway province.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated throughout with new details.

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