The United States will not allow China to isolate Taiwan

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday at a press conference in Tokyo, after a visit to Taiwan that infuriated China, that the United States “will not allow” China to isolate Taiwan.

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They will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from going there. We have made high-profile visits, from senators in the spring, in a bipartisan fashion (…) and we will not allow them to isolate Taiwan,” she said.

Pelosi, 82, who is in Japan – the last leg of her Asian tour – for the first time since 2015, angered China by traveling to Taiwan on Tuesday and Wednesday, where Beijing considers an autonomous region of 23 million people an integral part. part of its territory.

This tour of the region “was not about changing the status quo here in Asia, changing the status quo in Taiwan,” Pelosi said.

Since 1979, Washington has recognized only one Chinese government, that of Beijing, while continuing to provide support to Taiwanese authorities, notably through significant arms sales.

She said the visit “related to the “Taiwan Relations Act,” a law passed by the US Congress in 1979 that characterizes US-Taiwan relations, but also “US/China policy, all laws and agreements.” It established what our relationship is.”

“It’s about bringing peace to the Taiwan Strait and making the status quo prevail,” Ms Pelosi added, also praising Taiwan’s “great democracy” with its “thriving economy” and “respect for all of its residents.”

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