US’ one-China policy has not changed with Taiwan visit–Pelosi, White House

US’ one-China policy has not changed with Taiwan visit–Pelosi, White House

WASHINGTON  More than two dozen Republican senators issued a statement during a bipartisan rally in support of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan shortly after her arrival in Taipei on Thursday night. Three (August 2).

“For decades, members of the United States Congress, including former Speakers of the House, have visited Taiwan. This trip is consistent with the US One China policy to which we are committed. We are also more committed than ever to all elements of the Taiwan Relations Act,” said the statement signed by 26 Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Ms. Pelosi said in a statement that her visit was one of many congressional delegations to Taiwan and “was not at odds with longstanding U.S. policy.” “The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo,” she said, adding that her visit “honours America’s steadfast commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.” “.

Ms. Pelosi made her position clear in a comment posted by the Washington Post shortly after she landed.

She pointed to the Taiwan Relations Act, under which the United States pledged to help Taiwan maintain sufficient self-defence. “Today, America must remember that oath. We must stand with Taiwan, a resilient island,” she wrote, adding that Taiwan’s democracy is being threatened by Beijing. She said, “In the face of increasing aggression by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), our delegation’s visit to the National People’s Congress should be seen as a definitive statement that the US stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedoms.” “

The United States has sought to downplay Ms. Pelosi’s visit, stressing before the trip that she has not changed US policy towards Taiwan and does not need Beijing to escalate.

On Monday, the White House said Pelosi has the right as president to visit Taiwan and will decide for herself because the US Congress is an independent branch of government.

He pointed out that nothing has changed in the US “one China” policy and that Washington does not support Taiwan independence.

“Simply put, there is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit in line with longstanding US policy into some kind of crisis or conflict, or use it as an excuse. to increase the activity of aggressive military forces in or around the Taiwan Strait,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said at a news conference.

Meanwhile, our actions are not threatening and they are not groundbreaking. Nothing about this potential visit – the potential visit, oh, by the way, there is precedent – ​​will change the status quo,” Mr. Kirby said, referring to a visit by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at Taiwan in 1997.

He said that China is likely to engage in “military provocations” such as firing missiles into the Taiwan Strait or around Taiwan, and activities that violate the rules historical bottlenecks such as large-scale air incursions into the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone.

China, which warned Ms. Pelosi about the trip, sent fighter jets through the Taiwan Strait earlier on Tuesday, their state media reported.

Washington had previously declined to confirm whether the trip would take place, for security reasons. US stocks fell slightly on Tuesday morning amid heightened US-China tensions as Ms. Pelosi visited Taiwan, the S&P 500 fell half a percent, and Nasdaq and Dow Jones industrialists also fell. Ryan Hass, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former US official, said on Twitter that there had been a narrative battle between Beijing and Washington over Ms. Pelosi’s visit.

“(China)’s argument is that the US is living up to its commitments, using Taiwan to try to control China and stir up trouble; if it escalates, it’s America’s fault. Mr. Hass said

” The
 US argument that Pelosi’s visit follows a precedent. The United States wants to avoid escalation, to maintain open channels with Beijing. The United States opposes unilateral changes to the status quo, does not support Taiwan independence, and has a consistent policy and approach,” he added.

However, he said, it is good that US and Chinese officials, as well as US and Taiwanese officials, are still in contact.

“The chances of uncontrolled escalation are reduced when both parties are able to have candid private conversations and clarify the other’s intentions to act,” he wrote.

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