China Condemns Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit, Announces Military Drills

This handout photo taken and released on August 2, 2022, by Malaysia's Department of Information shows Malaysia's Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Azhar Azizan Harun (R), posing for pictures with Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (L), before a meeting at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur. - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Kuala Lumpur for her second stop in an Asian tour that has sparked rage in Beijing over a possible stop in Taiwan. (Photo by FAMER ROHENI / MALAYSIA DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / MALAYSIA'S DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION / FAMER ROHENI" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by FAMER ROHENI/MALAYSIA DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATI/AFP via Getty Images)

China’s foreign ministry has issued a statement calling Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan “a serious violation of the one-China principle.”

“It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to the statement.

“It gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence’.”

“China will take all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and all consequences must be born by the US and the Taiwan independence forces,” the Foreign Ministry in Beijing said in a statement after Pelosi landed.

China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory, had vowed an unspecified military response ahead of Pelosi’s visit that risks sparking a crisis between the world’s biggest economies. President Xi Jinping told President Joe Biden last week he would “resolutely safeguard China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity” and that “whoever plays with fire will get burned.”

“We are going to make sure that she has a safe and secure visit,” John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said on CNN. “We will not be intimidated or deterred from all of our other security commitments in the region because of the Chinese rhetoric or even some of their actions.”


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