Japan says US pullback over cancellation of Pelosi visit to Taiwan

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to visit Taiwan is evidence of a US retreat under Chinese pressure. This is the opinion on July 31, a professor at Sophia University in Tokyo, Kazuhiro Maeshima, on the social network Twitter.

“Mention of Taiwan may be omitted for security reasons. However, it is widely reported that if the trip to Taiwan is postponed, a precedent could be set: “If China threatens, the American side backs down,” the report says.

Pelosi revealed details of her trip to Asia earlier in the day. In addition to Singapore, the US MP is expected to visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan to discuss economic and security issues with partners in the Indo-Pacific region. Themes also include the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance.

Nancy Pelosi’s Asian tour caught the attention of the global community due to a proposed trip to Taiwan that she didn’t mention when she announced the itinerary.

On July 19, the Financial Times reported that a delegation led by Pelosi could allegedly visit Taipei, which caused controversy between China and the United States. Then the representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, during a briefing, said that Beijing would not leave such plans of the American side without reaction.

According to CNN, on July 27, the speaker received a warning from the administration of the American president about a possible trip to Taiwan.

Member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Alexei Pushkov, commenting on July 31 Nancy Pelosi’s likely refusal to visit Taiwan, said that such a gesture demonstrates Washington’s unpreparedness for a military confrontation with Beijing. In his opinion, China won a moral victory in this situation.

Official relations between the Chinese government and its island province broke down in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in a civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. The US openly supports the Taiwan authorities.

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