China must not ‘isolate’ Taiwan, says Pelosi – National

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says China will not be allowed to “isolate” Taiwan while Chinese war games in the waters surrounding the self-governing democracy have increased recently.

At the same time, senior Democrats drew a stark comparison to the invasion of Ukraine and warned that the US would not change its behavior to avoid China’s wrath.

In a press conference earlier this month, Pelosi defended her trip to Taiwan as one intended to “welcome” a thriving democracy and recognize a “strong relationship built on the status quo.”

“We will not allow China to isolate Taiwan,” Pelosi told reporters.

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Her comments come after Pelosi’s brief stopover sparked an aggressive response from Chinese Communist Party officials who accused the US of “playing with fire.”

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In the days since the Aug. 2-3 trip, China announced “live fire drills” with military exercises around the self-governing island. The South China Morning Post called the drills an “effective Taiwan blockade.”

Beijing fired ballistic missiles near the island and banned imports of hundreds of Taiwanese products.

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China fires ballistic missiles near Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit to major military exercises

China fires ballistic missiles near Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit to major military exercises

Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, representing Illinois’ 8th District, stood alongside Pelosi at the press conference and drew a direct comparison between China’s claims on Taiwan and Russia’s claims on Ukraine.

“We want to make sure what happened in Ukraine doesn’t happen in the Southeast Asian region and especially in Taiwan,” said Krishnamoorthi, who serves on the US House Intelligence Committee. He added that “any further provocative action will only hurt the Chinese economy.”

Krishnamoorthi said the US would not be intimidated by Chinese escalation and war games.

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“If the price for avoiding these kinds of provocative measures is to cede control of Taiwan to the People’s Republic of China… that’s not a price we will pay,” he added.

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“It’s not a price we’re going to pay,” says the US congressman when he hands over control to China after the trip to Taiwan

“It’s not a price we’re going to pay,” says the US congressman when he hands over control to China after the trip to Taiwan

Despite the island being a self-governing democracy, Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway territory that is part of China.

The split occurred as a result of a civil war in 1949, when Mao Zedong’s communist army defeated the ROC and the leaders of the former ROC fled mainland China to Taiwan.

Last week, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly called on China to de-escalate, saying a visit by a lawmaker should not be a pretext for escalating tensions.

Pelosi’s visit marked the first visit to Taiwan by a US spokesman in 25 years.

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It comes at a time when Chinese President Xi Jinping is facing domestic pressures over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s economy, and is expected to seek a third term this fall.

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Global response to Russia’s invasion should give China ‘pause’ over Taiwan: defense intelligence chief

Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign democracy, has raised concerns among defense and security leaders in the West that China is closely watching the global response to a possible move to invade and annex Taiwan.

Major General. Michael Wright, chief of defense intelligence for the Canadian military, told the House of Commons Defense Committee in March he believes the Western response – which has targeted Russian oligarchs and key institutions like the central bank – has “made China think”.

“I would say that a week ago we were very concerned about China and actually wondered if China would seize the opportunity to accelerate its plans for greater control of its near abroad, particularly Taiwan,” Wright said in the issue testimony in March.

“I would hope that with the reaction of the international community and especially NATO and the West, China will take a break from its authoritarian plans in the future.”

Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae, also made a direct link between the invasion of Ukraine and the potential for other authoritarian regimes to attempt similar incursions.

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“If we can’t stop (the invasion of Ukraine) I think we know what’s going to happen. It will just be a license for others to do the same,” he told Mercedes Stephenson The West Block End of March.

“So what’s at stake here – it’s not just about Ukraine.”

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