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US House Speaker’s Visit to Taiwan Increased Taiwan’s Profile

Taiwan’s defence ministry said it detected 22 Chinese fighter jets briefly crossing the Taiwan Strait’s “median line” during Thursday’s exercises, and Taipei scrambled fighter jets in response. Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, David Kuan-Chou Chien, says democratic countries should condemn China’s actions. 

David Kuan-Chou Chien, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan): “We also call on the democratic camp to unite to deter China hemogenic dispensation and to let China understand that undermining peace, stability and rule based international order will inevitably lead to serious consequences. China’s live fire drills near Taiwan posed a serious military threat to Taiwan and the international community. China’s military activities undermines the Taiwan Strait status quo and encroached upon the sovereignty of Taiwan. It also creates high tension in the region of the IndoPacific and affects the safety of air and maritime transportation as well as disrupts the normal operation of international trade. We urge China to act with reason and exercise greater self-restraint and Taiwan will neither escalate the conflict nor instigate the dispute. The Government of Taiwan is determined to defend our sovereignty and democracy in the face of China’s authoritarian and hegemonic aggressions. In addition, Taiwan is one of the powerhouses in the global economy and is an indispensable member of the democratic camp. As a responsible member of the international community Taiwan is working to maintain the peace, stability and the security in the world. We call on our allies and like minded countries who stand with Taiwan to deter China’s hegemonic aggression and to safeguard the value of democracy and freedom we share. China’s military intimidation should be condemned.” 

China has announced sanctions against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her family, following her visit to Taiwan which China strongly condemned. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced the sanctions on Friday, calling Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan an “egregious provocation” and a “gross interference” into the country’s internal affairs. The Ambassador says Pelosi’s visit was a success. 

David Kuan-Chou Chien, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan):  “During their visit, their stay in Taipei Taiwan Speaker Pelosi met with Taiwan’s president her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing Wen and called on the Legislative Yuan to meet with the close party legislators and Speaker Pelosi and her delegation also visited the National Human Rights Memorial Museum and participated in a roundtable meeting with the representatives of Taiwan’s National Human Rights Commission and Taiwan’s Control Yuen and civil groups. The totaling nineteen hours visit was a very successful one which raised the profile of Taiwan and allowed the international community to know that Taiwan is a fully fledged democracy.”