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Despite threats, Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan

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Nancy Pelosi's plane lands in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug 2, 2022.
Nancy Pelosi’s plane lands in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug 2, 2022.| Photo: EFE/EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday, despite Chinese threats. China had promised to react militarily if Pelosi’s visit to the island took place.

This morning, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that “if the United States is wrong at the beginning”, the so-called “disastrous consequences” would be not only for Taiwan, but for “prosperity and security around the world”.

“It is difficult to imagine a more reckless and provocative action,” added Hua Chunying.

The Russians agree. “Everything related to this trip and a possible visit to Taiwan, clearly, is pure provocation. It leads to an increase in tension and, as we see, all countries in the world are taking notice,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. , in a daily press conference.

Taiwan is one of the main sources of conflict between China and the United States, mainly because Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its biggest military ally in the event of a war with the Asian giant.

China, which claims sovereignty over the island, has considered Taiwan a rebellious province since Kuomintang nationalists retreated there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the Communists.

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