China Throws Diplomatic Fit Over Unannounced Pelosi Visit To Taiwan
China–The unannounced closely guarded meeting of Nancy Pelosi with the Taiwanese PM has shocked China, so much so that it is going to retaliate by not interacting with the US Secretary of State in the forthcoming ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Cambodia.
Beijing has decided to skip the interaction all together though both will be seen at the key South East Asian event. It is a plain and simple act of exhibiting silent anger over America’s continued insistence to support Taiwan as China pushes to move closer to annex the independent island.
Meanwhile, in Taiwan, the second in command after the PM, Nancy Pelosi made a pertinent statement in a visit to the island after almost a break of two decades, “Now more than ever, America’s solidarity with Taiwan is crucial, that’s the message we bring in today.” After a strong response from Beijing on her visit to the US, she also said that her visit was about “human rights, unfair trade practices and security issues.” “We come in friendship to Taiwan, we come in peace for the region,” Pelosi added.
But Beijing isn’t listening. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying has already been seen making a media statement that no one from China would be meeting representatives from the US.
Deputy Director of the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, Zhang Tengjun said, “There’s no need for Wang to meet and talk with Blinken anymore. We’ve said what we need to say, did what we should do… the US has received all information it needs, but Blinken insisted on making wrong comments.”
According to Blinken, Pelosi has made an independent decision to visit Taiwan. One doesn’t know what she would say or do. In response, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that the world sees clearly that it is the US who started the provocation first and caused tension, thus the US should take full responsibility for the situation, Global Times reported.