– Today the world is faced with a choice between democracy and authoritarianism (…) the US determination to protect democracy, here in Taiwan and around the world, remains unshakable – said Pelosi, quoted by the AP agency.
The visit of a third person to the US constitutional hierarchy aroused the anger of the Chinese authorities, regarding Taiwan as part of their territory.
During the meeting, the President of Taiwan handed over Pelosi First Class Order of Friendly Clouds – the highest Taiwan civilian decoration. She also pointed to Pelosi’s significant contribution to Taiwanese-American relations. By accepting the award, the American said that she was especially honored to receive it from Caj – “the president in one of the most free societies in the world”.
President of Taiwan: We will not yield in the face of military threats
– On the world map, Taiwan is an island of perseverance. The people of Taiwan have proved to the world that it is possible to build a peaceful and successful future with hope, courage and determination, even in the face of the challenges you face, Pelosi said. – Now more than ever US-Taiwan solidarity is crucial and this is the message with which we are coming here, added the announcer for the US House of Representatives.
The Taiwanese president said Pelosi “has watched Taiwan’s democratic development with special attention over the past two decades and has demonstrated its unwavering support for Taiwan’s participation in international organizations.” She also referred to the Democrat’s previous visit to Taiwan in 1999, during which she expressed her concern and support for the island after the tragic 7.3-magnitude earthquake that claimed over 2,400 lives.
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– I admire President Pelosi, who for years has been determined to defend freedom, democracy and human rights, and never hesitates to oppose rhetoric or actions aimed at undermining democratic values. Her courage and actions are inspiration and evoke emotion – added Caj.
– We will not yield in the face of deliberately aggravated military threats – she declared. – We will be determined to maintain the sovereignty of our country and defend the democratic front – she said, referring to the recent tensions in the Taiwan Strait. She also stressed that the Taiwanese government will continue to work actively with the US to strengthen the country’s defense capabilities as well as maintain stability and peace in the Strait and Indo-Pacific region.
The meeting with Caj is the second meeting of the American delegation in Taiwan scheduled for Wednesday. Earlier, the head of the US House of Representatives delivered a speech to the Taiwanese parliament, Legislative Juan.
China: Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is “serious provocation”
The next point of the visit is a meeting with human rights activists in the Jinmei White Terror Memorial Park – established on the grounds of a former prison where the Kuomintang authorities detained members of the democratic opposition in the 1970s and 1980s. Approx. time. At 17 (11 a.m. Polish time) American parliamentarians are to go on a further journey – to South Korea and Japan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on Tuesday, describing it as “a serious provocation” and “playing with fire”. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has announced that it will conduct live ammunition exercises around the island, and has deployed more than 20 aircraft that have breached Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
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The Taiwanese defense ministry said Wednesday that Chinese military exercises near Taiwan violate United Nations rules, violate Taiwanese air and sea space, and violate international maritime routes. According to the ministry, these actions are irrational and are detrimental to the international order, the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, and threaten security in the region. The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the provocation announced by China’s closure of air and sea space over the areas where the exercises are planned.
Although Pelosi is not the first House announcer to travel to Taiwan – Newt Gingrich visited the island in 1997 Her visit comes at a time when relations between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated sharply and China is a much more powerful economic, military and geopolitical force than a quarter of a century ago, reminds Reuters.
China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has never renounced the use of force to subjugate it. The United States warned China against using the visit as an excuse for military action against Taiwan. The Chinese foreign ministry said that Pelosi’s visit seriously damages peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and “has a serious impact on the political foundations of China-US relations and seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
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