- China expressed its displeasure over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
- Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday despite warnings from China.
- China has summoned the US ambassador to Beijing.
BEIJING: China summoned the US ambassador to Beijing on Tuesday to rebuke House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “ridiculous” visit to Taiwan.
Vice Foreign Minister Xi Feng expressed “strong objection” to Pelosi’s visit to the island’s democratic self-governing island, which China considers part of its territory, during talks with Ambassador Nicholas Burns.
“This move is extremely offensive in nature and has very serious consequences,” China’s state news agency Xinhua quoted Xi as saying. China will not sit still.
Pelosi’s trip, the highest-ranking elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years, heightened tensions between the world’s two largest economies, with Beijing calling it a major provocation.
Xie said the US would “pay for its own mistakes” and urged Washington to “immediately correct its mistakes, take practical measures to eliminate the negative effects of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan”. , Xinhua reported.
Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late Tuesday, defying angry warnings from Beijing
While the Biden administration is understood to oppose Pelosi’s Taiwan stop, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in Washington that she has the right to go wherever she wants.
China’s military said it was on “high alert” and would “launch a series of targeted military operations” in response to the visit. It announced plans for a series of military exercises starting Wednesday in the waters around the island.
And Taiwan’s defense ministry said more than 21 Chinese military aircraft had flown into the island’s air defense identification zone on Tuesday — an area wider than its territorial airspace that extends from part of China’s own air defense zone. is connected.
“Taiwan is China’s Taiwan, and Taiwan will finally return to the embrace of the motherland. Chinese people are not afraid of ghosts, pressure and evil,” Xi told Burns, according to Xinhua.
There was no immediate comment from Washington.