what we know about the diplomatic journey amid tensions with China

An insult to China: The US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday, August 2, despite warnings from Beijing. The Chinese government sees the visit as a serious provocation that risks inflaming already strained Sino-American relations.

It risks provoking a strong resurgence of tensions in the region and leading to Chinese retaliation against American and Taiwanese interests. Here’s what we know about this high-stakes diplomatic trip.

Also read: Taiwan. Five questions about Nancy Pelosi’s visit, which reignites tensions with China

Nancy Pelosi to meet the Taiwanese president

Nancy Pelosi, 82, on tour in Asia is the highest elected US official to visit the island in 25 years. After long maintaining secrecy on this trip, she arrived in the evening aboard a US military aircraft. The leader was met by Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese foreign minister, when she arrived.

“Our parliamentary delegation’s visit to Taiwan demonstrates America’s unconditional support for Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” said the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in a statement released shortly after her arrival. She also believed that her visit was not in violation “in any way” longstanding US policy towards China.

According to the Taiwanese newspaper Liberty Timeswho cites anonymous sources, the American leader will meet on Wednesday, August 3, the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, a pet in Beijing because she comes from an independence party, writes.AFP. that New York Times confirms this information and indicates that Nancy Pelosi must as well “to attend the Taiwan Assembly, attend a banquet at the Taipei Guest House, and visit the National Museum of Human Rights”.

Military maneuvers observed on Chinese side…

China has organized several military maneuvers in the past few days “live ammunition” at sea, usually very close to the Chinese coast. The Chinese Ministry of Defense has promised that “targeted military actions” from the army.

Just before Nancy Pelosi’s arrival, Chinese state television CGTN announced that Su-35 fighter jets were in the process of “Crossing the Taiwan Strait” separates mainland China from the island, without further details. In the evening, more than twenty Chinese military aircraft entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone: “twenty-one aircraft of the Chinese army […] entered the ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone, wider than airspace) in southwestern Taiwan, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced in a statement on Twitter.

“The US will definitely bear the responsibility (for the consequences) and will have to pay the price for its attack on China’s sovereignty and security,” Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for Chinese diplomacy, said earlier.

Most observers rate the likelihood of armed conflict as low. “The probability of a war or a serious incident is low”, Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia program at the American think tank German Marshall Fund, tweeted during the day.

However, US officials said they were preparing for shows of force by the Chinese military, such as missile launches in the Taiwan Strait or airstrikes around the island.

… but also in the American camp

On the US side, several US ships sailed in the Taiwan region on Tuesday, according to US military sources cited byAFP. The US 7th Fleet said during the day on Twitter that the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, which has been cruising in the region since early July, was in the Philippine Sea, south of Taiwan. The US Navy on Sunday released photos of Ronald Reagan conducting maneuvers with the supply ship USS Carl Brashear.

The aircraft carrier and its airborne group “is on a routine mission in the western Pacific”, said a US official who requested anonymity. In addition, a Marine Corps amphibious ship, the USS Tripoli, was sailing east of Taiwan at the same time, according to the United States Naval Institute (USNI), an independent body close to the US Navy. . The Pentagon assured that the presence of these two ships in the region was not connected with the visit of Nancy Pelosi.

“We are of course taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of elected members of Congress, wherever and whenever they choose to go” of their trip, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense said on Tuesday.

Russia accuses Americans of ‘destabilizing the world’

Russia, a major ally of China, on Tuesday accused the Americans of “destabilize the world” and describes Nancy Pelosi’s visit as a “pure provocation”. China has the right to intervene to protect its ‘sovereignty’, says Moscow

“The Chinese side has the right to take necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity regarding the Taiwan issue,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Moscow called Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan a “open provocation”, aim to contain China.

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