The Taipei 101 skyscraper is illuminated with the “Taiwan Loves America” symbol ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s expected visit, in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 2, 2022.
Photo: EFE – RITCHIE B. TONGO
“In the face of accelerating aggression from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the visit by our congressional delegation should be seen as an unequivocal statement that the United States stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, while defending itself and its freedom,” wrote the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in an opinion column published this Tuesday by The Washington Post, just as the news broke that the congresswoman was landing in Taipei.
It is worth remembering that Taiwan is one of the most sensitive points in the US relationship with China. While the latter has defended the idea of reunifying the country, even, if necessary, by force, the United States has maintained a position that has been read as “strategic ambiguity”; that is to say, it is on the side of Taiwan and rejects any intention of aggression on the part of China, but their relationship has been unofficial.
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The visit, according to Pelosi, the woman who holds the third-highest elected office in the United States (after the president and vice president), “in no way contradicts the longstanding One China policy, guided by the Foreign Relations Act.” with Taiwan of 1979, the Joint Communiqués between the United States and China and the Six Guarantees. The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo.”
The law you mention, it must be remembered, was enacted by Congress after President Jimmy Carter, in 1979, broke ties between Washington and Taiwan to exclusively recognize Beijing. In the “Act”, Congress established a commitment, for example, to supply defensive weapons to Taiwan.
“Our talks with our Taiwanese partners will focus on reaffirming our support for the island and furthering our shared interests, including promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The solidarity of the United States with Taiwan is more important today than ever, not only for the 23 million inhabitants of the island, but also for millions of others oppressed and threatened by the People’s Republic of China, “said Pelosi, something very similar to what subsequently posted on Twitter and an official statement. The congresswoman, in addition, did not run out of praise for Taiwan, highlighting it as an example of freedom.
Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.
Our discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirm our support for our partner & promote our shared interests, including advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 2, 2022
Nancy Pelosi is on a tour of Asia, which began in Singapore and Malaysia, and which also includes visits to South Korea and Japan, to discuss issues of “mutual security, economic alliances and democratic governance,” added the president of the camera.
This is not the first time that US policy has made China uncomfortable, where she is considered persona non grata, because in 1991, as she herself recalls in her column in the Post, she visited Tiananmen Square, where “we unfurled a banner in black and white that read: “To those who died for democracy in China.” The uniformed police chased us as we left the square. Since then, Beijing’s dismal human rights record and disregard for the rule of law continue, as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on power.”
He also recalled the repression and violation of human rights in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang, against the Uyghurs.
“In fact, we are making this trip at a time when the world is facing a choice between autocracy and democracy. As Russia wages its premeditated and illegal war against Ukraine, killing thousands of innocent people, including children, it is essential that the United States and our allies make it clear that we will never give in to autocrats,” Pelosi concluded.
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