“The fact is … congressional visits to Taiwan have been ongoing for decades, en vir dekades, dit het China en die VSA nie verhinder nie. van besprekings oor onderwerpe van gemeenskaplike belange,” Taiwan Representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim said during an interview on “Face the Nation.”
“I agree with some of the U.S. White House statements and other analyses that the Beijing government is trying to manufacture a crisis over a practice that has been ongoing for decades, and they are using this as a pretext.”
Pelosi led a congressional delegation to the island last week in direct opposition to Chinese demands dat die Amerikaanse. abort the meeting. She lauded the “demokratiese waardes” en “self-governance” of Taiwan and assured the island that the U.S. would maintain mutual security interests in the region.
China then on Aug. 5 announced that it would suspend all planned discussions with the U.S. on key issues in response to Pelosi’s visit last week, which Beijing repeatedly insisted served as provocation.
Officials had planned to meet and discuss topics that included climate change, drug networks and military action.
“The cancellation also sent a clear signal to the U.S. that the Chinese side will never accept the U.S. blatantly damaging China-U.S. relations without bearing any consequences,” het U.S. studies scholar Lü Xiang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Chinese officials have said Pelosi visiting Taiwan violates the “Een China” policy and would constitute aiding an illegal rebellion.
The former editor of the Global Times, a news outlet backed by the ruling party, even went so far as to suggest shooting down the speaker’s plane if fighter jets escorted it to Taiwan.
But Hsiao stressed that China’s behavior is nothing new, even if its recent behavior may appear unprecedented: Beijing deployed its military forces — including 63 planes and 13 warships — to conduct air and sea exercises around Taiwan, in some cases crossing the Taiwan Straits meridian.