Pelosi: The United States will not allow China to isolate Taiwan

Pelosi: The United States will not allow China to isolate Taiwan

Aug 10 2022

ARK News... US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday defended her visit to Taiwan as "absolutely" worth making and that the United States cannot allow China to isolate the self-ruled island.

"We can't allow the Chinese government to isolate Taiwan," Pelosi said in an interview on NBC's "Today" program. "They won't say who can go to Taiwan."

China launched its largest air and sea military exercises around Taiwan last week in an angry response to Pelosi's visit to the island.

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense announced earlier days ago that 16 Chinese fighters penetrated the island's air defense zone and crossed the dividing line in the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that China is looking for excuses to conduct military exercises and that the excuse this time is the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Wu said China would not have been able to prepare the drones, cyber-attacks, and disinformation campaigns in such a short period of time. He added that the best way to deal with a regime trying to intimidate Taiwan is to show that it is not afraid.

He described China's military exercises around Taiwan as a flagrant violation of international law and obstructed one of the world's busiest shipping routes.

In addition, the Taiwanese army days before conducted a live-fire exercise that included a simulation of defending the island against a Chinese invasion.

Taiwan, with a population of 23 million, lives under the constant threat of being invaded by China, which considers it part of its territory, and has vowed to restore it one day, if necessary, using force.

Washington believes that the risk of further escalation by Beijing is small. US President Joe Biden told reporters: "I am not worried, but I am uncomfortable because of their heavy movements. But I don't think they will do more.