The Chinese ambassador to Ireland has described US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as a “reckless and proactive step” to build stronger ties between the two countries.
hina, which claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes any engagement of Taiwanese officials with foreign governments, announced several military drills across the island and made a series of harsh statements after the delegation landed in the Taiwanese capital Taipei Tuesday night.
Ms. Pelosi’s trip has heightened tensions between the US and China because of her senior position as Speaker of the House of Representatives more than visits by other congressmen.
Since Newt Gingrich in 1997, she is the first Speaker of the House to come to Taiwan in 25 years.
The visit was viewed by Beijing as a major public affront.
He Xiangdong, the Chinese ambassador to Ireland, said the visit sends a “wrong signal” to separatists who want an independent Taiwan.
“We have told everyone that China has the right to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and that we have every right to do what we have to do.
“The current situation is created solely by the US side and separatist forces in Taiwan. So of course you have to bear the responsibility and the consequences,” he told RTÉ Tomorrow Ireland.
“The provocation is not coming from China… but the PLA, China’s armed forces, is seizing and will conduct serious, targeted military operations in response.”
Mr. Xiangdong said “Taiwan is a part of China” and the resolution of its “reunification” is an internal matter.
“There are some people who welcomed this visit to Taiwan. At the same time, many people in Taiwan are opposed to such a visit,” he said.
“We will do our utmost, with the utmost sincerity, to achieve peaceful reunification. We seek peaceful reunification with Taiwan while also determined to protect our sovereignty and the integrity of the territory.
“We will not sit ideally and have to provide legitimate and necessary responses.
“In the event of using non-peaceful means and other necessary measures, we will do our utmost to protect the life, property and all other legitimate rights and interests of the Taiwanese people as they are Chinese people.”
He added that Ms Pelosis’ visit “will definitely have consequences”.
Threats came from high up when Xi Jinping, leader of China’s ruling Communist Party, told US President Joe Biden not to “play with fire” in a rare exchange between the two leaders.
Meanwhile, Ms Pelosi said she and other members of Congress visiting Taiwan showed they would not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island.
“Today, the world faces a choice between democracy and autocracy,” she said in a brief speech during a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.
“America’s determination to preserve democracy here in Taiwan and around the world remains adamant.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/chinese-ambassador-to-ireland-says-nancy-pelosis-reckless-taiwan-visit-will-definitely-have-consequence-41887498.html Chinese ambassador to Ireland says Nancy Pelosi’s ‘reckless’ visit to Taiwan ‘will definitely have consequences’