China warns Washington against US House Speaker’s visit to Taiwan

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Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

by Martin Quinn Pollard

BEIJING (Reuters) – China warned on Thursday that it would take strong action if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, adding that such a visit would have serious implications for US-China relations, according to the United States. after the report. Week.

China considers Taiwan, which is democratically governed, to be its territory, and the issue is a constant source of friction between Beijing and Washington, especially given the island’s strong military and political support.

A possible visit has not been confirmed by Pelosi’s office or the Taiwanese government, but some Japanese and Taiwanese media outlets have reported that it will follow Pelosi’s visit to Japan later this week.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that Beijing strongly opposes all forms of official talks between the United States and Taiwan and that Washington should cancel the visit.

“If the United States insists on going its own way, China will take strong measures in response to the defense of national sovereignty and territorial integrity. All possible consequences arising from this will be fully borne by the American side,” he said. without going into detail.

In Taipei, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joan Ou said that inviting US officials and dignitaries has always been “an important part” of the ministry’s work and that it would announce any official visits at an appropriate time.

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