Pelosi visits Taiwan – latest: Biden administrator says US and China “are not on the brink” of war as House Speaker walks away

Nancy Pelosi sends “unequivocal message” that “America is with Taiwan”

US House spokesperson Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan on a US Air Force jet Wednesday night, concluding a historic and high-risk visit that drew a slew of responses from China. Her next stop is South Korea.

Beijing warned to “punish” those who offend him, while Chinese state media called the speaker’s trip an “initial war save”.

China says it will hold nearly a week of military exercises that include live-fire drills in six areas around Taiwan, which the island has dubbed a “blockade.” Previously, it imposed trade restrictions on some food and building materials.

Meanwhile, Russia has backed China’s claim that the trip was a deliberate attempt by Washington to anger Beijing, while a Kremlin spokesperson said the tension created by Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan “should not be underestimated.” .

Ms. Pelosi received Taiwan’s highest civilian recognition during her meeting with the Taiwanese president earlier today, where she reaffirmed U.S. support for democracy on the disputed island.

“We will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan and are proud of our lasting friendship,” Pelosi said in a speech.


Other important geopolitical news outside the Senate

Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Asia isn’t the only thing that shakes the world stage.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to give its assignment to make Finland and Sweden the 31st and 32nd members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, just under three months after President Joe Biden he had recommended that both nations be allowed to join the 73rd year-old defensive alliance.

The overwhelming majority of senators – 48 Democrats and 48 Republicans – voted in favor of both nations joining NATO, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority (67 votes) required to ratify the instrument by giving American support to the two potential members of the Born. Each of the current 30 member nations must unanimously agree before any new countries can join the alliance.

Only one Republican, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, voted against the expansion. Hawley had previously announced that he would oppose Finland and Sweden joining NATO because the United States would be obliged to defend them from attacks under Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty. NATO members have invoked Article V only once before: in 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Andrea Feinberg has more.


The other Pelosi controversy

As much of the world was focused on Nancy Pelosi’s journey through Asia, her husband Paul quietly pleaded not guilty Wednesday to DUI charges, resulting from a May accident in Napa, California.

Here is more information on the case against Mr. Pelosi.


Watch: Archival footage shows Nancy Pelosi unfolding the pro-democracy banner in Tiananmen Square

In 1991 Nancy Pelosi was part of a congressional delegation visiting China.

Standing in Tiananmen Square, where the Chinese government had massacred pro-democracy protesters two years earlier, the group unrolled a banner that read: “TO THOSE WHO DIED FOR DEMOCRACY IN CHINA”.

“I felt like it was such a courageous and also formative experience, I would say, on his part,” said Samuel Chu, whose father Reverend Chu Yiu-ming gave representatives of the banner. The Washington Post Tuesday. “I think, in a way, it was a fundamental piece of the way she had not only dealt with China and human rights, but I think across the board.”

Watch the video of the historic gesture below.


Japan is “concerned” about Chinese military exercises during Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan

US ally Japan is alarmed by China’s plans to conduct live-fire drills around Taiwan during House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial Asian tour.

“We are concerned that Beijing has announced various military activities,” a Japanese official said News week. “Furthermore, the area that China has announced for its military exercises includes the Japanese EEZ [Exclusive Economic Zone]. “

Dave Harding has more information on what China is planning.


Nearly 3 million people followed Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan, most of all ever

As reported by CNN, as many as 2.9 million people followed part of Nancy Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan, the highest number in the history of online flight tracking company Flightradar2.

“Continued and unprecedented interest in this particular flight has resulted in an extremely heavy load on the Flightradar24 infrastructure,” the aeronautical data company wrote on its blog. “Our teams immediately began efforts to maintain the stability of our services. Unfortunately, due to the volume of users, our waiting room functionality had to be implemented, which measures access to Flightradar24 for non-subscribers. “


Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan leaves Asian nations anxious about what will happen next

Nancy Pelosi may have left Taiwan, but the impact of her visit will last.

According to diplomats, many are concerned about what China will do next. The nascent world power will not want to let what it sees as a foray into its rule of the island nation go unchallenged. However, in the words of a Singaporean diplomat, China “does not even want to start World War III”.

“What the countries of this region know is that China cannot do anything: it will seem weak … China has no choice but to react,” Singapore diplomat and academic Kishore Mahbubani told NPR, adding, ” the same time, China does not do not want to start the third world war.

Several embassies in the region have called for restraint.

The Philippines asked both the United States and China to avoid “any miscalculation and further escalation of tensions”.

Meanwhile, Indonesia calls on “all parties to refrain from provocative actions that could worsen the situation”.


What Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan looks like on Weibo

Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan has sparked a wide range of views in the United States, China and beyond.

On Weibo, the popular Chinese social media app, some users have mobilized behind the Chinese government’s perspective.

“Pelosi has ushered in a great era that naturally belongs to us,” reads a popular comment. “We will take this opportunity to carry out sea and air patrols around Taiwan without any obstacles so that they are constantly normalizing and unification will come closer and closer.”

“The Liberation Army is clearly training to completely block the island of Taiwan,” another popular hashtag said.


What is it like to travel through Taiwan

What’s it like to visit Taiwan? Here is a tempting excerpt from Sally Howard.

I ate gnocchi as light as a feather in the atmospheric night markets; I took a look at the golden Buddhist temples which were dense with the aroma of sandalwood incense; I enjoyed oolong ceremonies in 16th century tea houses where I could almost hear the hustle and bustle of Ming dynasty merchants; and walked through the incredibly sublime Taiwanese interior. Here, marble gorges plunge into blue-green rivers, and the cracks in the earth’s crust bubbling with the waters that feed Taiwan’s 130 hot springs (ideal for soothing hikers’ muscles once you get hold of spa label).

Sounds good enough to us!

Check out his full account.


Pelosi suggests that Chinese criticisms of the Taiwan trip are sexist

Nancy Pelosi has suggested that China’s furious response to her trip to Taiwan may be sexist.

In a joint press conference with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, Pelosi noted that recent visits by senior US male lawmakers have not provoked the bluster and threats seen in recent days.

“I think they made a big fuss because I’m the speaker, I guess,” he said. “I don’t know if it was a reason or an excuse, because they didn’t say anything when the men arrived.”

Beijing warned that the United States was “playing with fire” and launched live-fire drills as Ms. Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday evening, describing the House Speaker’s visit as an affront to its ambitions to “reunite” with Taiwan.

Bevan Hurley is following this story for The independent.


How Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan affected the financial markets

London markets closed with strong gains on Wednesday as tensions between the US and China eased briefly, allowing traders to focus on positive equity upgrades.

Concerns about China’s reaction to Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan eased when the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives left for South Korea on Wednesday.

The FTSE 100 ended the day up 36.57 points, or 0.49%, at 7,445.68.

Chris Beauchamp, IG’s chief market analyst, said, “The unstable early August was partly reversed today, with the FTSE 100 and other indices making progress as some of the fears about the Taiwan crisis begin to ease.

Henry Saker Clark has the story for The independent.