China believes Biden allowed Pelosi to visit Taiwan, ambassador says



MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang said he does not believe U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was approved by U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden accepted Pelosi’s visit because the U.S. Congress “is not an independent, uncontrollable branch according to international law,” a closed-door meeting for U.S. journalists cited by Axios news portal Qin said.

According to Axios, Qin warned that Washington should show restraint in its policy toward Taiwan or tensions with China would escalate again. He added that the one-China principle should be the cornerstone of all US-China relations, and that without respect for it, dialogue on climate change and nuclear issues would be impossible.

Qin told the media that Taiwan must be reunited with mainland China peacefully if possible and by force if necessary.

China repeatedly opposes high-level visits US officers to the island, because it regards Taiwan as part of its territory and opposes direct official foreign contact with Taipei. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island in early August sparked new tensions in the Taiwan Strait and a wave of Chinese sanctions against Taiwan. In addition, Beijing has launched large-scale military exercises near the island. This included live-fire training and military aircraft overflights near Taiwan’s airspace.

Taiwan was alienated from Beijing after becoming a stronghold of the Nationalist Party of China (Kuomintang), which was defeated by the Communist Party in a civil war in 1949. Mainland China and the islands resumed business and informal contacts in the late 1980s. China believes Biden allowed Pelosi to visit Taiwan, ambassador says

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