U.S. Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan despite strong warning from China
Pelosi in Taiwan [Photo Credit: NDTV.com]
Ignoring a stern warning from China, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday, marking the highest-level visit by a U.S. official in 25 years.
Ms Pelosi’s U.S. Air Force-operated Boeing C-40C landed at Taipei’s Songshan Airport late Tuesday, marking the start of the third – and most controversial – leg of her five-country Asia tour.
Ms Pelosi and her delegation of Democratic Party lawmakers were met by Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Sandra Oudkirk, the director of the American Institute in Taiwan, which serves as Washington’s de facto embassy.
Her visit comes despite intense opposition from Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the self-governing island.
Earlier, Beijing Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian has repeatedly warned the U.S. against Ms Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan.
The spokesperson said “If the U.S. side insists on this visit, China will take firm and strong measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
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