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International: Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan despite warnings from China

2:30 pm on 3 August 2022

By Jessica Hopkins 

Photo: Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and her delegates arriving in Taiwan parliament. 

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has landed in Taiwan, despite threats from Beijing, which claims the self-ruled island as its own.

Her delegation was greeted by Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, and Sandra Oudkirk, the top US representative in Taiwan, on Tuesday night. 

Pelosi, arrived at Taiwan's parliament this morning and met with President Tsai Ing-wen.

The US speaker explained her reasoning for visiting Taiwan in an editorial published in the Washington Post minutes after she arrived on the island.

“We cannot stand by as the CCP (the Chinese Communist Party) proceeds to threaten Taiwan and democracy itself,” she wrote in the opinion piece. 

Washington does not recognise Taiwan as an independent state, but is required to provide the island with the means to defend itself.

China's foreign ministry confirmed in a statement that Pelosi's visit would severely impact relations between the two countries.

“These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will perish by it,” the statement added.

The Chinese military has been put on high alert and will launch “targeted military operations” in response to her visit. 

Taiwan and China split during a civil war in 1949, but China claims the self-ruled democracy as part of their own country and has not ruled out using military force to enforce it. 

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