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The Chinese government warned Tuesday that it would take “strong action” if U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan after the Financial Times published. said she will go to Island claimed by the Chinese next month.
Pelosi and her delegation will also visit Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore and spend time in Hawaii at the headquarters of the US Indo-Pacific Command, the London newspaper added, citing people familiar with the matter.
The US State Department did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it “did not receive relevant information” about either visit.
Asked about the report, Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staffsaid: “We do not confirm or deny international travel in advance due to long-standing security protocols.”
Visit of the leader of the Democrats A trip to Taiwan has been delayed since April after she tested positive for COVID-19. China said at the time that such a visit would seriously affect Sino-US relations.
Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said any visit by Pelosi would “seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
“If the American side stubbornly adheres to this course, China will definitely take decisive and forceful measures to firmly protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
” United States must bear full responsibility for all the consequences caused by this.
Taiwan faces growing pressure from China, which considers the democratically governed island as its territory. This issue is a constant irritant in relations between Beijing and Washington.
However, Taiwan is encouraged by continued support from US President Joe Bidenadministration, which has repeatedly declared its “strong” commitment to the island.
Pelosi, a longtime critic of China, had an online meeting with Taiwan Vice President William Lai in January as he wrapped up a visit to the United States and Honduras.
The White House expressed concern about Pelosi’s trip, the Financial Times reported, citing three people familiar with the situation.
There was a disagreement within the US Democratic Party administration over whether Pelosi should visit Taiwan, the FT reported, citing two sources.
Some officials felt that the April visit was easier to justify as it happened right after the start of the Russian war. invasion of Ukrainehe added.
Earlier this month, China sent fighters across the median line of the Taiwan Strait in what the latter called a provocation. The incident happened during a visit to Taipei. Senator Rick ScottRepublican, member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee.
The announcement of Pelosi’s potential August visit came after China asked the United States on Monday to immediately cancel a possible sale of about $108 million in military-technical assistance to Taiwan.