Despite threats from China, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan
Taipei: United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday amid a face-off with China over her visit.
The flight carrying her landed at Taipei airport as China closed the Taiwan strait and east coast airspace around the Xiamen area.
After landing, Nancy Pelosi tweeted: "Our delegation's visit to Taiwan honors America's unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan's vibrant Democracy... Our visit is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan -- and it in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances."
Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 2, 2022
Our discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirm our support for our partner & promote our shared interests, including advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region.
By traveling to Taiwan, we honor our commitment to democracy: reaffirming that the freedoms of Taiwan — and all democracies — must be respected.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 2, 2022
Read my opinion piece in the @washingtonpost on why I’m leading a Congressional delegation to Taiwan.https://t.co/tLhIzvfkTH
China has reportedly slammed Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit as "extremely dangerous".
The Chinese government has repeatedly warned against the trip and promised firm action in response to any trip to Taiwan by the senior US government official.
Beijing, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory, has earlier promised "grave consequences" over her visit.
The White House too warned that China may undertake military provocations in response to Nancy Pelosi's mooted visit to Taiwan, BBC reported on Tuesday.
This could include firing missiles near Taiwan, or large-scale air or naval activities, spokesman John Kirby had said.
Taiwan is a self-ruled island but claimed by China, which sees it as a breakaway province. Beijing had warned of "serious consequences" if Pelosi visits.
While the US maintains what it calls a "robust, unofficial relationship" with Taiwan, it has formal diplomatic relations with China and not Taiwan.