|US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barred from visiting Taiwan|
The Chinese government has warned that it will take firm steps if United States (US) House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan. Pelosi outlined plans to bring a delegation to Taipei in August, according to the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. According to CNN, Pelosi's office declined to comment on her travel plans. August 1 is the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
On Tuesday (19/7/2022), China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the planned visit, The government said Pelosi's arrival would "have a severe negative impact on the political foundations of China-US relations, and send a very wrong signal to the separatist forces of 'Taiwan independence'. "If the US insists on taking the wrong path, China will definitely take firm and decisive action to firmly defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity," ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference.
"The United States must take full responsibility for all the consequences caused by this." Beijing's ruling Communist Party has long claimed Taiwan as part of its territory and has repeatedly vowed to "reunite" the island of 24 million people with mainland China -- by force if necessary -- despite never ruling it. Pelosi had previously planned to lead a US congressional delegation to Taiwan in April, but the trip was postponed after she tested positive for Covid-19. At the time, China strongly opposed the trip and issued a similar warning.
His visit will be the first by a sitting House Speaker since Republican Newt Gingrich traveled to Taiwan in 1997. Taiwan has seen numerous visits by American delegations in recent years, especially after the Taiwan Travel Act was signed into law by US President Donald Trump in March 2018.