“The United States will not abandon Taiwan”, insists Nancy Pelosi on visit to Taipei

“”The United States will not abandon Taiwan”, says Nancy Pelosi visits Taipei

Nancy Pelosi addresses Taiwanese parliamentarians

As expected, Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, the day after she arrived on the island amid tension between Washington and Beijing.

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Ms. Pelosi said her visit to Taiwan shows unequivocally that the United States will not abandon Taiwan.

Now more than ever, America's solidarity with Taiwan is crucial, Pelosi told the Taiwanese president, adding that America's resolve to preserve democracy in Taiwan and the rest of the world stands the test of time.

You have created a thriving democracy led by a female president,” she said, stressing that she was proud to be in Taiwan.

For her part, the President of Taiwan assured that Taipei is a reliable partner of the United States, will continue to work with them to strengthen collaboration in the fields of security, economic development and supply chains.

Tsai Ing-wen thanked Ms. Pelosi for taking concrete actions to support Taiwan at this critical time.

Beijing has strongly denounced Ms. Pelosi's trip to the island, considering it a serious violation of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

An American-made Taiwanese Air Force F-5F Tiger II fighter jet.

China's planned military exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan represent an attempt to threaten our ports and important urban areas, and unilaterally undermine regional peace and stability, said Taipei's defense minister promising tougher defenses and a tough response.

Chinese leaders have expressed anger over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, which China sees as one of its territories to be forcibly reunited if necessary. .

Beijing in response announced a series of live ammunition military exercises around the island, with the Chinese command announcing joint naval and air exercises in the spaces sea ​​and air from the north, south-west and south-east of the island.

These drills will include long-range live ammunition firing across the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China. x27;will approach within 20 kilometers of the Taiwan coastline, according to coordinates provided by the People's Liberation Army.

Faced with the growing risk of conflict or miscalculation, officials in Taiwan are trying to appear resolute in order to preserve calm among the people.

The Ministry Defense is monitoring the situation closely, has stepped up preparations, and will respond appropriately in due course, he said in a statement.

The military will definitely stay in his post and protect national security. We ask the public for reassurance and support for the military, he added.

Taiwanese authorities reported overnight Tuesday-Wednesday that 21 Chinese military aircraft had entered the island's air defense identification zone – an area much larger than its airspace

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce also announced economic sanctions, saying it would suspend the export to Taiwan of natural sand – a key component in the manufacture of semiconductors, one of Taiwan's top exports. island.

With information from Reuters, and Agence France-Presse

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