“The disproportion between a peaceful visit, on the one hand, and military maneuvers leading to an escalation, on the other … are obvious … to countries in the region,” the head of American diplomacy said.
Taiwan’s differences with China must be resolved peacefully, Blinken said.
Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on August 2 and left the island on August 3. Beijing strongly protested to Washington.
On August 4, the People’s Liberation Army of China began a three-day large-scale live-fire exercise around Taiwan. On the same day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that all the friction in the Taiwan Strait was caused by the actions of the United States. At the same time, Reuters, citing a source, wrote that Taiwan is deploying missile systems to track the actions of the Chinese air force in the exercises.
On August 5, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the imposition of sanctions against Pelosi and her immediate family in accordance with the laws of the country. China has also suspended cooperation with the United States in a number of areas. In particular, negotiations on climate change and the fight against illegal migration, cooperation on litigation and justice, as well as the fight against drug trafficking and international crime have been suspended.
Taiwan is part of China, but has been living as an independent state for many decades. The United States claims that it does not dispute the ownership of the island by China, while providing support to the Taiwanese authorities.
Official relations between the PRC government and its island province broke off in 1949, contacts resumed in the late 1980s.