Speaker of the lower house of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi, having traveled to Taiwan, gave China a pretext for all sorts of actions, including military exercises, Donald Trump believes, which should not have happenedwebp” type=”image/webp”>
Nancy Pelosi (second from left)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan was a fool's errand given tensions with China, which escalated tensions and provided an excuse for Beijing to take various actions, including conducting military exercises in the waters of the Taiwan Strait, former US President Donald Trump said in a speech at a rally in front of his supporters in Wisconsin. The event was broadcast by C-SPAN.
“What the hell? What was she doing in Taiwan? She was China's dream. She gave them a suggestion. <…> How stupid that she went there, & mdash; Trump said.
Trump expressed hope that in the midterm congressional elections this November, the Republicans will take the majority of seats and “do away with crazy Nancy Pelosi.”
Relations between the US and China have escalated since Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. Beijing has repeatedly warned against its inadmissibility, emphasizing that it is contrary to the principles of the “one China” policy; and threatens to “undermine relations” between countries. As The New York Times wrote, Washington tried to dissuade Pelosi from going to the island, but on August 2, her plane landed in Taipei. Pelosi called the main purpose of the visit of the American delegation to the island to support the “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan. She visited the Taiwanese parliament, met with President Tsai Ing-wen, and called the island “one of the freest societies in the world.”
Beijing considered Pelosi's visit a provocation. On August 4, China began large-scale military exercises, which should last until Sunday. Within their framework, live firing will take place in the waters and airspace around almost the entire Taiwan. Airspace and navigation in the exercise areas will be closed.
The foreign ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan called on China to immediately stop military exercises. According to Politico, the US military command tried to contact their Chinese colleagues, but their calls remain unanswered.
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