By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
“Those who play with fire will perish by it,” Beijing warned in a statement late Tuesday.
But Pelosi said U.S. solidarity with Taiwan “is more important today than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy.”
As her plane landed, Chinese state media reported that its military jets crossed the Taiwan strait.
Russia, a close ally of China, called the visit a “clear provocation.” Pelosi was to meet Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in the morning, then fly out after lunch, the country’s official central news agency said.
The trip, not backed by President Joe Biden, is the first by such a senior U.S. official in decades. Beijing views self-ruled democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country
China’s army stepped up the pressure Tuesday, with Beijing warning rust it would hold military exercises near Taiwan from Thursday until Sunday.
Critics have expressed concern that her visit will undermine successful efforts by the Biden administration to persuade China’s President Xi Jinping not to supply Russia with military aid for its invasion of Ukraine.
That could now be put in jeopardy, the political commentator Thomas Friedman suggested.
Pelosi’s visit also provides a window onto a new dimension in global news reporting, observers said.
China’s perceived growing intolerance of independent journalism has seen many foreign reporters setting up instead in Taipei.
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