PELOSI ARRIVES IN MALAYSIA AS TENSIONS RISE OVER A POSSIBLE TRIP TO TAIWAN – KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday for the second leg of her Asia tour, which is covered by a planned stop in Taiwan that will escalate tensions with Beijing, which claims the autonomous island as its Is own region.
The plane carrying Pelosi and her delegation landed at the air base under tight security. He called Azhar Azizan Haroon, the speaker of the lower house in parliament, and got up for lunch with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yacoub.
Although no official announcement has been made, local media in Taiwan have reported that Pelosi will arrive in Taipei on Tuesday night, becoming the highest-ranking US elected official to travel in more than 25 years. The United Daily News, Liberty Times, and China Times, Taiwan’s three biggest national newspapers, said, citing unnamed sources, that he would fly to Taipei and spend the night after flying to Malaysia.
China, which regards Taiwan as a rogue province, will be annexed by force if necessary, warning of the consequences, saying that its forces “will never sit idly by if Pelosi goes ahead with the trip”. Threats of retaliation by China have raised concerns about a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait that separates the two sides, which could affect global markets and supply chains.
The White House on Monday criticized Beijing’s rhetoric, saying the United States has no interest in deepening tensions with China and “will not take the bait or engage in saber rattles.”
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby emphasized that the choice goes to the self-reliant island changed into ultimately Pelosi’s. He said members of Congress have been visiting Taiwan regularly for years.
Kirby said administration officials fear Beijing could use the visit as a pretext for provocative retaliation, including military actions such as missiles in the Taiwan Strait or around Taiwan. or Taiwanese air strikes on the island. air strikes on the area. large-scale naval operations. Exercise in the Strait.
“Simply put, Beijing has a longstanding US coverage of the use of a capability that goes by as an excuse to show some crisis into a few crisis to escalate competitive army hobby in or across the Taiwan Strait: Kirby said. There’s no reason to do it.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also urged China to “act responsibly” if Pelosi continues to travel.
“If the speaker decides to travel and China tries to create some kind of crisis or raise tensions in some way, it will be Beijing’s complete fault,” he said. publicist at the united nations head quarters in New York. ” “We are looking for her should she decide to travel, act responsibly, and not participate in any future enhancements.”
Taiwan and China break up in 1949 after the Communists gained a civil war at the mainland. The United States maintains informal and defense ties with Taiwan, although it recognizes Beijing as the Chinese government.
Beijing sees official US contact with Taiwan as an incentive to make the island’s de facto independence permanent, a move US leaders say they do not support. Pelosi, the head of one of the three branches of the US government, will be the highest-ranking elected US official to visit Taiwan since then-President Newt Gingrich in 1997.
Pelosi began her Asian tour in Singapore on Monday, but her alleged trip to Taiwan has created panic in the region.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong “stressed the importance of strong relations between the United States and China for peace and security in the region” during the meeting with Pelosi, the city-state’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. This was echoed in Tokyo by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who said stable relations between the two rival powers “are also extremely important to the international community.”
The Philippines has known as the United States and China to be “accountable actors” in the region. Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Teresa Daza said that It is important, that the United States and China ensure continuous communication to avoid any miscalculation and further escalation of tensions.
China keeps to growth diplomatic and army stress on Taiwan. China cut all contact with the Taiwanese government in 2016 after President Tsai Ing-wen refused to support the claim that the island and the mainland together form a Chinese country, with the communist regime in Beijing as the only legitimate government.
According to Kim’s office, Pelosi will meet with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-Pyo in Seoul to discuss security, economic cooperation, and the climate crisis in the Indo-Pacific region. Pelosi will also visit Japan, but it is not clear when she will be there.
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