The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who is currently visiting the Japanese capital after her visit to Taiwan, maintains her previous position that the US is diametrically opposed to Taiwan. “China may try to prevent Taiwanese politicians from visiting other places, but we will always travel to Taiwan,” Pelosi said. Her visit was the highest US visit to the island in years.
Pelosi said nothing about the military exercises China began the day after she left. However, she emphasized the importance of “peace in the Taiwan Strait.” China sees Taiwan as a renegade province.
Beijing drew the ire of Japan by firing ballistic missiles over Taiwan that landed in the Sea of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said during breakfast with Pelosi on Friday that his country has asked China to “stop military exercises immediately.”
Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang spoke to reporters in Taipei on Friday about “an angry neighbor who shows off power” when asked about China’s missile launches. According to Su, the Chinese actions are condemned by neighboring countries and the international community.