Borrell saw no reason to be aggressive over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

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Josep Borrell

There is no reason to use the visit of US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan as a pretext for aggression. This was stated by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell on his Twitter (the social network was blocked at the request of Roskomnadzor).

“There is no reason to use the visit as a pretext for aggressive military activities in the Taiwan Strait. International trips of legislators from our countries— it's normal, it's a routine,»,— he wrote.

Pelosi's special flight landed in Taiwan on Aug. 2 over Beijing's objections. After getting off the plane, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives said that the main goal of the American delegation— support for “bright and dynamic” democracy in Taiwan. On August 3, the politician left the country.

In response to the visit, China launched large-scale military exercises in Taiwan waters. The Chinese Foreign Ministry strongly protested and said that Pelosi's trip “greatly affected the political foundation of China-US relations, violated China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously undermined the stability of the Taiwan Strait.”

The US indicated that Pelosi's visit was in line with its Taiwan policy and did not reflect a change in it. There is no reason “for this visit to be a cause for crisis or conflict or a pretext that the Chinese might try to use for some sort of military action,” said John Kirby, National Security Council strategic communications coordinator, on CNN.

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The Kremlin considered Pelosi's trip provocative and leading to increased tension.


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