A richer, stronger China warns Pelosi not to visit Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — Beijing grumbled but swallowed its irritation in 1997 when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich of the U.S. House of Representatives visited Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by the mainland’s ruling Communist Party as its own territory. China had other priorities. President Jiang Zemin’s government was preparing to celebrate Hong Kong’s return and wanted to lock in Beijing’s emergence from diplomatic isolation after its 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Gingrich, a booster of closer U.S.-Chinese ties, had just helped that campaign by meeting Jiang in Beijing. China avoided a disruptive clash with Washington.
Chinasent warplanes to the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, delivering a powerful warning ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island Tuesday afternoon.
The Chinese, who warned Pelosi not to visit the small island, sent the military planes to the Taiwan Strait, which marks the dividing line between China and Taiwan. Despite China's warning, the United States said it would not be intimidated by the country's "saber-rattling."
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"Faced with reckless U.S. disregard of China's repeated and serious representations, any countermeasures taken by the Chinese side will be justified and necessary, which is also the right of any independent and sovereign country," Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday, according to Reuters.
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The leaders of the two major powers will talk over existing frictions as well as new uncertainties thrown up by Nancy Pelosi's travel plans.The competitive nature of the contemporary relationship has left many fearing a mishap in Asia, one that could spark a wider conflict with global consequences. Crisis management between the two militaries therefore will be high on the agenda for the talks, their fifth in the last 18 months and the latest since March.
Beijing's reaction to Pelosi's visit may include firing missiles near Taiwan, conducting large-scale air or naval activities, or making "spurious legal claims" such as asserting that the Taiwan Strait is not an international waterway, according to White House national security spokesman John Kirby.
"We will not take the bait or engage in saber-rattling. At the same time, we will not be intimidated," Kirby said Monday.
President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that the U.S. has no plans to undermine peace or stability regarding Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory.
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China's threats came on the second day of Pelosi's trip to Asia, the American politician began her trip in Singapore on Monday. Pelosi will conduct her meetings on the island Wednesday, with plans to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and a collection of activists who oppose human rights violations imposed on the mainline of China.
China vows 'consequences' if Pelosi visits Taiwan
The Chinese military says it will not sit idly by if the US Speaker visits the self-governing island democracy.On Monday, China warned of "serious consequences" if Nancy Pelosi were to proceed with a visit to Taiwan in the coming weeks.
Taiwan is claimed by Beijing despite the island's protestations that it is self-governed. The U.S. does not have diplomatic ties to Taiwan.
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Original Author:Misty Severi
Original Location:Chinese warplanes hover on border of Taiwan Strait ahead of Pelosi visit
The strategic case against Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan .
[This piece has been published in Restoring America to consider how House Speaker Pelosi's planned trip to Taiwan might hurt the U.S.'s global standing and ability to counter China.] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, (D-CA), planned trip to Taiwan is a Rorschach test for U.S.-China watchers. Some believe Pelosi should cancel the visit because the United States should generally avoid actions that worsen tensions with China. Others argue that Pelosi should go because Washington should not back down in anticipation of pressure from Beijing.