Enthusiasts: On the way to its Asian tour, Nancy Pelosi does not mention a passage to Taiwan

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The president of the Chamber of US Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, will she stop at Taiwan during From his tour in Asia, a hypothesis that would once again put oil on fire between the United States and China? The American official did not specify it when she confirmed this Sunday to be on the way to Asia.

"I conduct a delegation from Congress in the Indo-Pacific region to reaffirm America's unshakable commitment to its allies and friends in the region," Nancy Pelosi announced in a press release. "In Singapore, Malaysia, In South Korea and Japan, we will keep meetings at the level to discuss how we can promote our common values ​​and interests, including peace and security, economic growth and trade, the pandemic of covid- 19, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance, "she added.

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tensions with China

while no president of the American Chamber of Representatives went to Taiwan Since 1997, not as a word on Taiwan. And for good reason. Although American officials frequently go to Taiwan, Beijing considers that a trip to Nancy Pelosi, one of the highest characters in the American State, would be a major provocation. Such a visit He would highlight Washington's support in Taipei, who denounces growing military and economic threats from Beijing. On the American side, it is clear that we want to display strong support for Taiwan, worried about Chinese inclinations. While Nancy Pelosi has not confirmed his trip, General Mark Many, the American chief of staff, told the press only if she asked for "military support", he would do "what is necessary to ensure conduct in complete safety ”of its trip.

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Sunday, the spokesman for the Chinese Air Force, Shen Jinke, reiterated the Chinese position by affirming that the defense of the Chinese territory was the "sacred mission" of the army.

"The Air Force has a firm determination, total confidence and sufficient capacities to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said, quoted by the daily life of the people, a newspaper D 'State. Thursday, during a direct exchange with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, American president Joe Biden had assured that the position of the United States on Taiwan had "not changed" and that his country "was firmly opposed unilateral efforts to modify the status or threaten peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait ”. Washington has no diplomatic relations with Taipei and recognizes the Communist regime of Beijing as the only representative of China. But the United States sells weapons to the island and rent its "democratic" regime.

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mid-June, the Chinese Minister of Defense had

threatened the United States to trigger an

war " whatever the price " "if we dared to separate Taiwan from China" , and had added That China intended to "beat to the end" to prevent the independence of the island. China estimates that this island of 24 million inhabitants is one of its historic provinces which it intends to resume by force if necessary. The sea surrounding it is another major hot spot. Beijing claims almost all of this sea rich in resources, by which billions of dollars in maritime exchanges pass each year. "Do not play with fire", advises Xi Jinping to Biden on the other hand, Xi Jinping called Joe Biden not to "play with fire", and a spokesperson for Chinese diplomacy had spoken of a displacement of Nancy Pelosi on the island as a "red line".

Nancy Pelosi's visit comes as military tension rises in the region. The Taiwanese army carried out its most important annual military exercises this week, which included simulations of interception of Chinese attacks from the sea. At the same time, the American aircraft carrier Uss Ronald Reagan and its flotilla left Singapore for Head to the Southern China Sea as part of a scheduled operation, said the US Navy. And Saturday, as a response, China organized a military exercise "with real ammunition" in the Taiwan Strait.

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Taiwan: Washington must now prepare for a Chinese invasion, judges an American admiral .
© Justin Stack The American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, had already said that Beijing wanted to seize Taiwan "at a much more pace fast ”that before before. AFP Photo/Justin Stack/US Navy Fears are strengthening. This Wednesday, Admiral Michael Gilday, head of American naval operations, estimated that his army was to be ready to respond to a potential invasion of Taiwan by Beijing from this year, a sign of growing concern in the face of the intentions of China towards the island.

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