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China summons US ambassador for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

China summoned the US ambassador to Beijing to criticize the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan on the evening of August 2.

In an exchange with US Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng expressed “strong opposition” to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory. waiting for agreement.

“This move is extremely wrong and the consequences are very serious. China will not sit idly by.” Xinhua quoted Deputy Minister Ta Phong as saying.

The visit by Ms. Pelosi, the highest-ranking US official to Taiwan in 25 years, has escalated tensions between the world’s two largest economies, as Beijing views it as an ominous provocation.

Speaker of the us house of representatives nancy pelosi (right) and leader of taiwan's foreign service joseph wu at taipei songshan airport on the evening of august 2. Photo: ap.

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (right) and leader of Taiwan’s foreign service Joseph Wu at Taipei Songshan Airport on the evening of August 2. Image: AP.

China’s vice foreign minister said the US “will pay the price for its mistakes” and called on Washington to immediately address “wrong acts”, as well as take practical measures to remedy the negative effects of the situation. from Ms. Pelosi’s visit.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives on the evening of August 2 arrived in Taiwan, despite harsh warnings from Beijing during the previous days.

Although the administration of President Joe Biden is said to have opposed the visit to Taiwan, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Pelosi has the right to go where she wants.

China’s military said its forces were on “high alert” and ready to launch “a series of targeted military actions” in response to the visit. China also announced plans for a series of military exercises in the waters around Taiwan from August 3.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said more than 21 Chinese military aircraft flew into the island’s air defense identification zone on August 2.

“Taiwan belongs to China and Taiwan will eventually return to the mainland. The Chinese are not afraid of ghosts, pressure and evil,” Deputy Minister Ta Phong told Ambassador Burns.

Washington has not commented on the matter.

Thanh Tam (Follow AFP)

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