Nancy Pelosi Taiwan Visit Live updates: After scrambling 21 jets over Taiwan, irked China begins trade sanctions against Taipei

Aug 03, 2022 | 07:18AM IST

Our visit about human rights, security issues: Pelosi in Taiwan

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taiwan, said, “We are here to listen to you and learn from you as to how we can go forward together. We congratulate you on successfully addressing the issue of Covid which is also an issue of health, economy, security and governance. Now we look forward to our conversation about how we can work together to save the planet from the climate crisis. We thank you for your leadership & we want the world to recognise it. Our visit was about human rights, unfair trade practices, security issues.”

Aug 03, 2022 | 07:16AM IST

21 Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan Air Defence Zone amid Pelosi’s visit

Shortly after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday, 21 Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwestern part of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), as confirmed by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan scrambled a combat air patrol, sent radio warnings, and deployed defence missile systems to track the Chinese military planes, the MND said.

Aug 03, 2022 | 07:14AM IST

Continue to look at the world with wide eyes: China’s President Xi Jinping

“We continue to look at the world with wide eyes so as not to miss any provocation from the American reactionaries,” said China’s President Xi Jinping on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and ‘American Reactionaries’.

Aug 03, 2022 | 07:13AM IST

Immediately corrects its wrong practice: China tells US

According to Global Times, Ambassador Qin Gang lodged solemn representations and strong protests with the US National Security Council and the Department of State over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan saying it is a major escalation of the US’ ”negative” move on Taiwan question.”China urges the US to immediately correct its wrong practice, control and eliminate the negative impact of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, and refrain from further dangerous and provocative actions that violate China’s sovereignty and security,” said Qin.

Aug 03, 2022 | 06:52AM IST

Will not do anything to increase tension: US

“We will not engage in sabre-rattling. We will not do anything that will increase the tension. We would like to see the lines of communication with Beijing stay open,” said US National Security coordinator John Kirby on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Aug 03, 2022 | 06:51AM IST

Chinese mainland will halt natural sand exports to Taiwan

Chinese mainland will halt natural sand exports to Taiwan region from Wednesday, reports China’s CGTN quoting Ministry of Commerce.

Aug 03, 2022 | 04:37AM IST

Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is not the first time she has internationally criticised Beijing

In 2015, Pelosi took a group of House Democrats to Tibet, the first such visit since widespread unrest in 2008. Pelosi has regularly spoken out about human rights issues in Tibet and has met the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing reviles as a violent separatist.

Aug 03, 2022 | 04:10AM IST

North Korea denounces US ‘interference’ over Pelosi’s Taiwan visit: North Korean state media

North Korea’s foreign ministry on Wednesday criticised what it called U.S. “imprudent interference” in China’s internal affairs over House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

Aug 03, 2022 | 03:58AM IST

Supporters hold a banner outside the hotel where US House Speaker Pelosi is supposed to be staying in Taipei

Supporters hold a banner outside the hotel where US House Speaker Pelosi is supposed to be staying in Taipei

(AP Photo)

Aug 03, 2022 | 03:41AM IST

Watch: Taiwan’s iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper displayed welcome messages to US House Speaker Pelosi as she landed

Aug 03, 2022 | 03:04AM IST

China set to launch ‘targeted military operations’ after Pelosi touchdown in Taiwan

The Chinese army has been placed on high alert and will begin “targeted military operations” from Tuesday night local time after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ignored Beijing’s warning and arrived into Taiwan. Beijing has responded to Pelosi’s arrival to the island – which is the first by a US House Speaker in 25 years – by putting its army on high alert. Chinese warplanes had buzzed along the Taiwan Strait prior to her arrival but now “targeted military operations” will be launched, the Defence Ministry said.

Aug 03, 2022 | 02:32AM IST

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the highest elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years

Second in line for the presidency after US Vice President Kamala Harris, Pelosi became the most senior U.S. politician to travel to Taiwan since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997. She led a delegation of six other House members.

Aug 03, 2022 | 01:32AM IST

US Republican Party supports Pelosi’s trip

Republicans supported Pelosi’s trip. “Any member that wants to go, should. It shows political deterrence to President Xi,” Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told media. McCaul said he was invited to join Pelosi’s Asia trip but was unable to do so.

Aug 03, 2022 | 00:42AM IST

Taiwan Foreign minister Joseph Wu received US Speaker Pelosi and other members of the delegation

Aug 02, 2022 | 23:09PM IST

‘Taiwan is not alone’

Aug 02, 2022 | 22:45PM IST

‘Stop playing Taiwan card to contain us’: Chinese Foreign Ministry on Pelosi’s visit

“The Taiwan question is purely an internal affair of China, and no other country is entitled to act as a judge on the Taiwan question. China strongly urges the United States to stop playing the ‘Taiwan card’ and using Taiwan to contain China. It should stop meddling in Taiwan and interfering in China’s internal affairs,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement minutes after Pelosi landed in Taipei.

Aug 02, 2022 | 22:44PM IST

Hong Kong’s SAR govt opposes Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan: Reports

“The Hong Kong SAR government firmly opposes the visit of Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan island, and fully supports and cooperates with the central government in taking countermeasures to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese media reports quoted Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee as saying.

Aug 02, 2022 | 21:11PM IST

China at clear disadvantage, will be foolish to provoke: Col RSN Singh tells Times Now

Aug 02, 2022 | 21:07PM IST

China vows ‘targeted military actions’ in response to Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

“The United States… constantly distorts, obscures and hollows out the ‘One China’ principle. These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will perish by it,” Beijing’s foreign ministry said in a statement after Pelosi’s plane touched down in Taiwan.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:56PM IST

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will not meet US’ Antony Blinken in Cambodia: Reports

Amid escalating tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly has no plan to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Cambodia.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:54PM IST

Protesters gather outside Taiwan hotel where Pelosi is likely to stay: Chinese media

According to Chinese media reports around 1,000 protesters have gathered near the Grand Hyatt hotel where the US delegation will reportedly stay. They are protesting the visit of the ‘disaster maker’.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:52PM IST

‘If US insists on following the wrong course of action…’: China warns of ‘serious consequences’ as Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:51PM IST

‘Extremely dangerous’: China slams Pelosi’s visit, PLA set to conduct military exercises in areas surrounding Taiwan this week

According to Chinese media, the People’s Liberation Army will conduct “important military exercises and training activities including live-fire drills” in six regions surrounding the Taiwan island from Thursday to Sunday. The Foreign Ministry has also warned that it will take ‘all necessary measures’ to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. “All the consequences must be borne by US and the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces,” Global Times quoted the FM as saying.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:39PM IST

Visit does not contradict longstanding US policy on Taiwan: Nancy Pelosi

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:38PM IST

Nancy Pelosi underscores US’ ‘unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy’ after landing in Taipei

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:29PM IST

Massive build up of police and Taiwanese officials as Pelosi touches down

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taipei amid heavy security. It is learnt that there is also a massive build up of officials and police personnel in Taipei at present. Many civilians have also made attempts to welcome the high ranking US official – with some buildings lit up in her honour.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:18PM IST

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan

China had earlier said the United States will “pay the price” if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan during her Asia trip.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:25PM IST

Chinese fighter jets crossing Taiwan Strait: Reports

According to local media reports, Chinese fighter jets are crossing Taiwan Strait. Beijing has warned of military consequences if she went ahead with the visit.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:06PM IST

Chinese aircraft presently in Fujian area bordering Taiwan Strait

China has already closed its airspace to Taiwan and Chinese SU-35s presently hover over Taiwan Strait.

Aug 02, 2022 | 20:00PM IST

Anti-aircraft guns activated at Taiwan airport

Aug 02, 2022 | 19:59PM IST

Nancy Pelosi set to land in Taipei shortly; China closes airspace to island

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to land in Taipei City shortly and Taiwan jets are escorting her flight. China meanwhile has closed airspace to the island.

Aug 02, 2022 | 19:14PM IST

Security barricades set up in front of Taipei hotel – Pelosi set to stay there overnight?

Security barricades have reportedly been set up in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei City. Media reports speculate that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the delegation accompanying her will arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday evening and stay overnight.

Aug 02, 2022 | 18:46PM IST

US jet carrying Nancy Pelosi may presently be world’s most tracked aircraft

As per data from FlightRadar24, around 300,000 users are following every move of -SPAR19′ – the US Air Force-operated Boeing C-40C that took off from Kuala Lumpur with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on board.

Aug 02, 2022 | 18:14PM IST

China slams ‘violation of one China policy’

Aug 02, 2022 | 17:54PM IST

Pelosi leaves from Malaysia, believed to be headed to Taiwan

According to an AP report quoting unnamed official sources, the plane carrying Pelosi and her delegation left from a Malaysian air force base after a brief stopover that included a lunch meeting with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Pelosi is on an Asian tour this week that is being closely watched to see if she will defy China’s warnings against visiting Taiwan.It was unclear where she was headed from Malaysia, but local media in Taiwan reported that she would arrive on Tuesday night,

Aug 02, 2022 | 17:46PM IST

Taiwan government’s website down with 502 server error

The Taiwan government’s website was down with 502 server error. An earlier Reuters report quoting sources also said that the website of Taiwan’s presidential office had received an overseas cyber attack on Tuesday and briefly malfunctioning

Aug 02, 2022 | 17:43PM IST

Fuming China preps for military response; US Navy deploys four warships east of Taiwan

Following news of the rumoured visit, several Chinese warplanes flew close to the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait and Chinese warships sailed near the unofficial dividing line. Visuals shared online also showed armoured vehicles on the move – purportedly in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen.
Meanwhile, four US warships, including an aircraft carrier, were positioned in waters east of Taiwan on what the Navy called routine deployments on Tuesday.

Aug 02, 2022 | 17:40PM IST

Why is Pelosi’s visit of significance? What is the present US policy on Taiwan?

If she lands in Taiwan, Nancy Pelosi will become the highest-ranking elected US official to visit in more than 25 years. The last House Speaker to visit Taiwan was Newt Gingrich in 1997. American officials often make discreet visits to Taiwan, this would far exceed recent shows of support. Reports indicate that she is going to Taiwan with scheduled meetings with government officials at the self-governed island that China threatens to forcefully takeover.

While the Biden administration is understood to be opposed to a Taiwan stop, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Pelosi was entitled to go where she pleased. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was previously been postponed in April after she tested positive for COVID-19.

Kirby however said that US policy towards Taiwan remained unchanged. This means support for its self-ruling government, while diplomatically recognising Beijing over Taipei and opposing a formal independence declaration by Taiwan or a forceful takeover by China.

Aug 02, 2022 | 17:33PM IST

Russia condemns potential Pelosi visit to Taiwan as ‘provocation’

Moscow on Tuesday denounced a potential visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan as a provocation, expressing full solidarity with ally China.

“What is connected with this tour and a possible visit to Taiwan is a pure provocation. We want to emphasise once again that we are absolutely in solidarity with China, its attitude towards the problem is understandable and absolutely justified,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

He said the potential visit was leading to an “increase in tension” in the region and accused Washington of choosing “the path of confrontation”.

Aug 02, 2022 | 17:32PM IST

What has China said so far?

China has warned that its military will ‘not sit idly by’ if Pelosi visits Taiwan. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that it would be “a gross interference in China’s internal affairs” if the visit takes place and warned that it would lead to “very serious developments and consequences.” China views visits by US officials to Taiwan as sending an encouraging signal to the pro-independence camp in the island.

“We would like to tell the United States once again that China is standing by, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by, and China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Zhao told a regular daily briefing.