The fallout from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s controversial and much-discussed visit to Taiwan on Tuesday is being felt by countries and businesses around the world as tensions mount amid the prospect of a world war.
China issued multiple warnings in the weeks leading up to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, strongly condemning the communist country.
Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping US President Joe Biden warned during a historic two-hour phone call that “those who play with fire alone will be burned,” citing possible US support for the island’s independence.
Although the speaker’s trip to Taiwan took less than a day, it sparked strong reactions from countries around the world who understood the geopolitical impact of a visit to the island by one of America’s most senior officials and pledged that his support for Taiwan’s Democracy remained “iron strong”.
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Pelosi repeated her commitment during her visit to Japan on Thursday, where she stated at a press conference at the US embassy in Tokyo that China “may be trying to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places” but it would not “isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there” .
“We will not allow them to isolate Taiwan,” she stressed.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China issued a statement on Friday pronunciation announcing sanctions against House Speaker Pelosi.
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Ignoring China’s grave concerns and strong opposition, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region. “This constitutes gross interference in China’s internal affairs. It seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, tramples on the One China principle and poses a serious threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. In response to Pelosi’s blatant provocation, China decides to impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family members in accordance with the relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China.
China has increased its military presence in the area since Pelosi’s visit, sending a record number from planes to the median line that runs through the Taiwan Strait on Friday.
“[We] condemn the communist army for deliberately crossing the centerline of the strait and harassing the sea and air around Taiwan,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said in its latest statement after Beijing was deployed 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships in the area that day.
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China also announced that the country would become stop dialogue with the US in several areas, including between theater-level military commanders and on the climate crisis.
Despite the aggressive rhetoric and military responses from China, Wu’er told Kaixi, who was a former student leader during the democracy protests in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. Reuters in an interview that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is a clear victory for the island and that it was not as threatening to Chinese relations as expected.
“Nancy Pelosi came so prominently to Taiwan, got the whole world to see her, and then got the US military and regional defense force all to come forward and say we would die to protect our Speaker,” Wu explained. . uh.
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“The whole world saw the United States change. What did China react to that? military exercise; nothing they haven’t done before.”
Wu’er added that while the military exercises are on a “terrifying scale”, nevertheless they are just exercises and there is no “immediate military threat”.
The 1,000 missiles currently being aimed at Taiwan are nothing new, Wu’er concluded, reminding viewers that it has been so for the past three decades.
Companies are careful
The former Tiananmen Square Protest leaders’ views were not shared by all, as other countries and companies took extra precautions to prevent further drama surrounding the delicate issue.
On Friday, tech giant Apple told its suppliers: strictly adhere to by Chinese customs regulations that parts from Taiwan are labeled as being made from either “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei”.
In another case, food company Mars Wrigley apologized on Friday for his latest Snicker bar ad, counting Taiwan as a country.
During a promotion of a limited-edition Snickers bar, the video stated that the product was only available in the “countries” of South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan.
Mars Wrigley has issued an apology on his Snickers China Weibo account, stating that the relevant material has been modified:
“Mars Wrigley respects China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity and conducts its business in strict compliance with local Chinese laws and regulations.”
Some Chinese internet users were dissatisfied with the apology, but were angry that the company’s statement did not explicitly claim Taiwan as part of China.
“Say it: Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory!” wrote one user whose comment has gotten more than 8,000 likes.
In response to China’s increasingly aggressive military exercises, Taiwan and its people have also taken action.
On August 5, Taiwanese microchip mogul Robert Tsao, 75, promised $100 million to the Taiwan Defense Department after China launched an aggressive series of missile exercises the day before.
During a news conference, Tsao urged Taiwanese residents to “see through the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party,” according to Taiwan News.
Tsao’s two sons, one of whom recently completed compulsory military training and another who will begin training this coming summer vacation, would both fight in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) if China invaded Taiwan.
Japan is also very alert after five Chinese ballistic missiles landed Thursday in waters off Japan’s southwestern islands, the closest of which landed about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Yonaguni Island, which is in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
With a population of about 1,700, the residents of Yonaguni fear that their home could be on the front lines of conflict and become the target of attack.
“During the Vietnam War, boat people came here,” explains Ryuichi Ikema, director of a history museum on the island. “In the event of a Taiwanese emergency, millions of Taiwanese could come here. We are the closest island and I wonder: how do we deal with that?”
While it is unclear whether tensions between the US, Taiwan and China will increase, the conflict is not isolated between the three and will have long-term effects on the bigger geopolitical picture.
Featured image via Guardian News / ABC news