台湾大使: Beijing is 'manufacturing' the crisis, China has prepared invasion force 'for some time'

The fact is … congressional visits to Taiwan have been ongoing for decades, 几十年来, 它并没有阻止中国和美国. 讨论共同感兴趣的话题,” Taiwan Representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim said during an interview on “面对民族。”

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 that the U.S. abort the meeting. She lauded the “民主价值观” 和 “self-governanceof Taiwan and assured the island that the U.S. would maintain mutual security interests in the region.

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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.

Hsiao Bi-khim, a lawmaker from Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party, speaks during an interview in Taipei, 台湾, 在十月. 19, 2016.

Hsiao Bi-khim, a lawmaker from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, speaks during an interview in Taipei, 台湾, 在十月. 19, 2016. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

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,” 美国说. studies scholar Lü Xiang from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Chinese officials have said Pelosi visiting Taiwan violates the “一个中国” policy and would constitute aiding an illegal rebellion.

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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.