0752 GMT October 06, 2022
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry described China’s subsequent reactions as military aggression.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed, “The change to the status quo that’s prevailed with regard to Taiwan for more than 40 years is coming from Beijing.”
In turn, China’s Foreign Ministry turned the blame back on Washington.
Pelosi’s remark comes at a time when her trip has heightened tensions between the U.S., China, and Taiwan. In response, Beijing carried out large-scale military drills near Taiwan, which are still underway.
In a report published yesterday, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of China reaffirmed the ‘One China’ policy as a historical and indisputable legal fact. Elsewhere in the report, it reads, “We are one China, and Taiwan is part of China. Never before have we been so close to, confident in, and capable of achieving the goal of national rejuvenation. The same is true when it comes to our goal of complete national reunification.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that by reneging on U.S.-China agreements, Washington has attempted to distort and hollow out their One-China commitment. In 1979, the United States made a clear commitment to refrain from having any official exchanges with China’s Taiwan region. However, a number of U.S. officials including the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan in recent years. Furthermore, in a statement issued on August 17, 1982, the United States pledged to gradually reduce its sale of arms to Taiwan, on which it again reneged. To this day, the U.S. has sent more than $70 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, $1.1 billion of which was realized during President Joe Biden’s term in office.
So, while Washington claims to be committed to the One China policy, it is evidently backsliding on its commitment by adopting interventionist policies. Pelosi’s trip was one such provocative action, which resulted in heightening tensions over the eruption of another war in East Asia.
Proceeding with this line of provocative policies, Joe Biden has signed ratification documents in support of Finland and Sweden becoming members of NATO. Earlier, Ukraine’s bid to join NATO, which would have dramatically expanded NATO’s border with Russia, raised alarms for Moscow and led to the Ukraine war.
Now, future developments will determine whether Pelosi’s provocative trip to Taiwan is “worth it”, as she claimed, or has irreversible consequences.
Lev Nachman, an assistant professor at National Chengchi University in Taiwan told The Independent that there is a symbolic value in her visit, adding that time will tell “whether or not the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages.”