China summons US ambassador Nicholas Burns over Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

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Nancy Pelosi during her Taiwan visit on August 2, 2022

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Beijing: China on Tuesday summoned United States Ambassador Nicholas Burns in Beijing over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s visit to Taiwan. Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng voiced strong protest over Pelosi’s visit to the democratic self-governing island.

Notably, China considers Taiwan as part of its own territory and vows to seize the island in future even by the use of force. ” The move is extremely egregious in nature and the consequences are extremely serious,” said Xie as quoted by China’s state news agency Xinhua.

Issuing a stern warning to the US, Xie stated that China would not sit idly by. He further added that the US would have to pay the price of its “wrongdoings”. The Chinese official also urged Washington to take measures to undo the adverse effects caused by Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, reported the Chinese state news agency.
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Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday evening. “Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honours America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” said Pelosi after arriving in Taiwan as quoted by AFP.

After Pelosi landed in Taiwan, at least 21 Chinese military planes flew into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ). Russia also extended support to China over the issue. The Chinese military said that it was on a high and could launch targeted military strikes in retaliation to the visit.

Pelosi is the highest-profile elected US official visit to the island in over two decades. Before Pelosi, Newt Gingrich, the then speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited Taiwan in 1997.