Pelosi at Taiwan parliament as China summons US ambassador

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Intl desk, Aug 03: Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi is at Taiwan’s parliament after arriving last night despite sharp warnings from China.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan August 3, 2022. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Pelosi has arrived at Taiwan’s parliament and is meeting with Tsai Chi-chang, the deputy speaker of the island’s legislature.

“We come in friendship to Taiwan,” she was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency. “We come in peace to the region.”

She will meet President Tsai Ing-wen and then fly out after lunch, Taiwan’s official central news agency says.

The trip, which is not backed by President Biden, is the first by such a senior US official in 25 years.

China’s foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador to protest about the visit – saying Beijing will not stand idly by.

China’s army will hold military exercises in areas around Taiwan from Thursday until Sunday, its state media says.

But the US says there is no need to turn the visit into a crisis, with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby emphasising America supports the status quo.

Beijing sees self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country.

China announces disciplinary actions against Taiwan groups

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office says Beijing will take disciplinary actions against two Taiwanese foundations, banning them from financially cooperating with mainland companies and individuals.

Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the office, said the two targeted foundations are the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund.

Source: News Agencies