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Pelosi: Asia trip not about changing status quo on Taiwan – SABC News

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that her trip to Asia, which has angered China to conduct a war of fire and water in Taiwan, is not about changing the situation in Taiwan or the region.

Pelosi and congressional delegation are in Japan on the final leg of an Asia tour that includes a brief and undisclosed stop in Taiwan, the self-governing island seized by Beijing.

Making the highest-level visit to Taiwan by a US official in 25 years, Pelosi praised democracy and promised unity, angering China.

During a news conference in Tokyo, Pelosi spoke about the diplomatic storm caused by the congressional visit to Taipei.

“We have said from the beginning that our delegation here is not about changing the situation in Taiwan or the region,” he told reporters after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Chinese state media said the military exercises, which began on Thursday and will end on Sunday, will be conducted by China in the Taiwan Strait.

The event has contributed to live fire and water and air pollution around the island.

Five missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), prompting Tokyo to issue a strong protest through international government channels.

One of Washington’s closest allies, Tokyo is increasingly concerned about China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific and the possibility that Beijing could take military action against Taiwan.

Kishida said earlier that the two partners will work together to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, a major shipping route.

Japan, whose southern island is closer to Taiwan than Tokyo, has warned that Chinese threats to Taiwan are a growing national security threat.

Pelosi: Asia trip not about changing status quo on Taiwan – SABC News

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