Pelosi says China ‘won’t isolate Taiwan’ as drills escalate near island

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to live Chinese military drills around Taiwan on Friday by saying Beijing will not succeed in isolating the self-governing island or blocking US officials from visiting Taipei.

Driving the news: Pelosi made the comments after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo as she wrapped up this week’s Congressional delegation trip to Asia, which included a visit to Taiwan, which sparked the drills Beijing plans to last several days.

  • Pelosi on Thursday denounced the Chinese military for firing missiles into the sea near Taiwan, demanding that it “immediately” halt launches as Japanese authorities believe five ballistic missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
  • There were no immediate reports of Chinese military missile launches on Friday, but Taiwan Ministry of Defense said several Chinese warships and fighter jets “were participating in drills around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the median line.”

What they say : pelosi said Beijing had tried to isolate Taipei with actions such as opposing the World Health Organization granting recognition to Taiwan.

  • “The Chinese went on strike, probably using our visit as an excuse,” she said.
  • “They may try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they won’t isolate Taiwan,” Pelosi said. “They don’t do our travel schedule, the Chinese government doesn’t do that.”

To note : Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Cambodia that Beijing is trying to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.

  • “We and countries around the world believe that escalation serves no one and could have unintended consequences that serve the interests of no one, including ASEAN members, and including China,” Blinken said. .

Rollback: overseas from china the minister said a day before Thursday’s live ammunition drills near Taiwan that Pelosi’s visit to Taipei was a “farce” and that those “who offend China will surely be punished”.

The context: The ruling Chinese Communist Party considers the democratically run island a breakaway province.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new details.

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