Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will undermine China-U.S. relations

Zhang Jun urged Washington to uphold its commitment to the One China principle.

The ambassador called a possible visit of Pelosi to Taiwan

Visit of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Taiwan will undermine China-US relations.

This was stated by Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun, reports Reuters.

At a press conference marking the start of China’s presidency of the UN Security Council, the ambassador called Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan “provocative.”

“Such a visit seems to be very dangerous, very provocative… If such a visit takes place, it will also undermine relations between China and the United States,” Zhang said.

According to the ambassador, Pelosi’s likely visit cannot be compared to the last visit of the speaker of the US House of Representatives to the island in 1997.

“An early mistake does not make the next mistake legal. In addition, the situation in Taiwan is also changing with the support of some external forces,” the Chinese ambassador said.

Zhang urged Washington to uphold its commitment to the “One China” principle, which he said US President Joe Biden reaffirmed during a phone call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping last week.

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The possible visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of China, has raised tensions between the world’s two biggest superpowers.

As previously reported, Nancy Pelosi has said she intends to visit Taiwan after August 1st. American editions Bloomberg and NBC citing sources, it was reported that on July 29, the tour of the official delegation of the US Congress led by Nancy Pelosi to Asian countries will start. Visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore are expected. The visit to Taiwan was listed as “preliminary”.

Had the visit taken place, Pelosi would have become the first senior US politician to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

There has been some debate about whether Pelosi should visit Taiwan. This is due to growing concern that Beijing may go to war against democratic Taiwan.

Members of Congress from both parties urged Pelosi not to cancel the visit, saying that a refusal due to Chinese protests would be tantamount to giving in to Beijing.

China has stated that will respond with “drastic measures” if Pelosi goes to Taiwan. Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, repeated that Beijing was “strongly opposed” to a possible visit.

Joe Biden did not support the idea of ​​Pelosi. He said the US Department of Defense is opposed to US officials visiting Taiwan.

“The military doesn’t think it’s a good idea right now,” he said.

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