Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House, came under fire from Donald Trump over her recent trip to Taiwan, which triggered a geopolitical reaction from China.
Following Nancy Pelosi’s stopover in Taiwan last week, Donald Trump slammed the US House Speaker in a speech to the Republican CPAC conference. The visit by the top US official to the self-governing island infuriated China, which wants to unite the region under its rule.
Mr Trump called the ensuing standoff between Washington and Beijing after the visit “chaos.”
Mr Trump said to his supporters: “What was she doing in Taiwan? Everything she touches turns to…bad! I don’t want to say.
“I get impeached twice, she failed twice The woman brings chaos, and that’s exactly what’s happening.
“What’s happened in China right now what’s happening in China and Taiwan with what’s going on, she played right into their hands, because now they have an excuse to do whatever they’re doing.
“I will tell you would have never ever happened in a million years under Trump.”
Ms Pelosi’s visit last week to the self-ruled island infuriated China, which responded with test launches of ballistic missiles over the island’s capital for the first time and the cutting of communication links with the United States.
About 10 warships from China and 10 warships from Taiwan sailed close to each other in the Taiwan Strait. Some Chinese ships crossed the median line, which is an unofficial line that separates the two sides.
China was incensed by Ms Pelosi’s visit to the Taiwan last week, and in retaliation, it severed communication ties with the United States and conducted its first-ever test launch of a ballistic missile over the capital of the island.
A person who knows about the situation said that there were about 10 warships from both China and Taiwan sailing together in the Taiwan Strait. Several of the Chinese ships crossed the middle line, which is an unofficial border between the two countries.
According to a statement from the island’s defence minister, several Chinese military vessels, planes, and drones were practising attacks on the island and its fleet. It claimed to have dispatched ships and planes to respond “appropriately”.
The Taiwanese side remained close to the line when Chinese soldiers “pressed” it, as they did on Saturday, to observe and, where possible, prevent the Chinese from crossing, the source added.
The person said that both sides were acting calmly and that the moves were like “cat and mouse” on the high seas.
Taiwan said that its Patriot surface-to-air missiles and anti-ship missiles that are based on land were ready to be used.
The official Xinhua News Agency stated last week that the Chinese drills, which were centred on six places near the island that China claims as its own, started on Thursday and were planned to run until noon on Sunday.
Since the drill alerts were no longer in effect, Taiwan’s transport ministry said Sunday afternoon that it was gradually loosening restrictions on planes flying over its airspace.
However, Taiwan will keep diverting aircraft and ships away from one of the exercise zones off its east coast until Monday morning, something China has never acknowledged.
According to China’s military, land-strike and sea-assault capabilities were the main emphasis of combined sea and air drills conducted to the north, south, and east of Taiwan.
The drills were described as an escalation by the US.