House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan late Tuesday night on a military plane, accompanied by her congressional delegation.
Despite fears about the risk of a military clash or conflict with China, the Biden administration rallied the entire US political and military establishment in support of Pelosi’s trip. When Pelosi landed in Taipei, an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan with a full complement of fighter jets, attack helicopters and other weapons systems was stationed in the waters off Taiwan’s east coast.
USS Ronald Reagan was escorted by the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam and the destroyer USS Higgins. The US Navy also said the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli is also operating in the area. Two US Air Force jets were reportedly sent to Malaysia, where Pelosi held talks on Tuesday, as part of military preparations for her trip to Taiwan.
U.S. officials, the U.S. media and Pelosi herself have maintained the lie that her trip and accompanying military operation were “routine” and that her presence in Taipei was not a reversal of decades of U.S. policy and diplomacy.
Visiting Pelosi is anything but routine. She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in more than a quarter century. His visit is just the latest calculated move by the Trump and Biden administrations to undermine the one-China policy that has been the cornerstone of US-China political relations since formal diplomatic relations were established in 1979.
As part of the “One China” policy, Washington de facto recognized Beijing as the legitimate government of all of China, including the island of Taiwan. The United States severed diplomatic relations with the military dictatorship in Taipei and withdrew its troops from the island. At the same time, the US Congress passed Law on relations with Taiwan to allow low-level unofficial contacts with Taipei and the sale of so-called defense weapons to Taiwan.
Over the past six years, everything has changed dramatically. Negotiations and visits at the highest level have been openly resumed; The US publicly acknowledged the presence of American troops on the island for the first time; and arms sales, including overtly offensive weapons, have increased along with the frequency of US warship crossings of the narrow Taiwan Strait.
Biden deliberately ignored China’s repeated warnings that US actions jeopardized relations between the world’s two largest economies and deeply destabilized the Indo-Pacific region. In a phone call with Biden last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that the United States was “playing with fire” if it allowed Pelosi to travel.
Shortly after Pelosi landed in Taipei, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi again warned that the actions of American politicians were inflammatory on the Taiwan issue. “It will definitely not give good results. The United States and its attitude of intimidation show once again that it is the biggest destroyer of peace in the world,” he said.
China’s Ministry of Defense has told media that its military is now on high alert and will launch “targeted military operations” in response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Chinese military exercises, including firing live ammunition, have already taken place in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, which separates the latter from the Chinese mainland. Chinese warplanes reportedly flew close to the median line in the Taiwan Strait.
“The Chinese side has repeatedly stated the serious consequences of a visit to Taiwan, but Pelosi deliberately made a malicious provocation to create a crisis,” the Ministry of Defense said.
In response to Pelosi’s visit, China responded economically by announcing a ban on imports from more than 100 Taiwanese food companies on Tuesday.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and the escalating confrontation with China come as the US and NATO intensify their proxy war with Russia in Ukraine. Driven by an unprecedented domestic economic and political crisis, US imperialism is recklessly risking nuclear war in its quest to undermine, destabilize and dismember what it sees as the two main threats to its global hegemony: Russia and China.
Just as the United States pushed Russia to invade Ukraine through NATO intervention, Washington hopes to provoke China into a grueling war over Taiwan by ending the island’s ambiguous status and luring it into the American camp. Not only is Taiwan of crucial strategic importance due to its close proximity to mainland China, but it also plays a central role in international semiconductor manufacturing. Taiwan’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Company produces more than 90 percent of the world’s most advanced microcircuits, which are widely used in commercial and military applications.
As US imperialism prepares for conflict with China, it is regurgitating the same cynical and hypocritical “human rights” propaganda that has served as the pretext for all its criminal interventions and wars over the past three decades. Pelosi, who has a long history as an anti-China hawk, tweeted after arriving in Taipei that his visit was to celebrate Taiwan’s “unwavering commitment to supporting a vibrant Taiwanese democracy.”
In the comment of thoughts for Washington Post, Pelosi said Law on relations with Taiwan was one of the most important pillars of American policy in the Asia-Pacific region, which “defined America’s commitment to a democratic Taiwan […] [et] fostered a deep friendship based on common interests and values.”
In fact, the United States had no interest in democratic values in Taiwan in 1979, nor does it today. Even in a de facto alliance with Beijing against the Soviet Union, Washington sought to protect Taiwan’s brutal military dictatorship, which it helped establish when Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang (KMT) fled the mainland after the 1949 Chinese Revolution. , Taiwan was under martial law and remained so until 1987. Although Taiwan today has the trappings of an election, its police state apparatus remains unsettled.
Taiwan’s government rolled out a red carpet for Pelosi. At the Taipei airport, she was met by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, Joseph Wu, and the US Representative to Taiwan, Sandra Oudkirk. She addressed Taiwan’s National Assembly and met with President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday.
However, according to the report in GuardianOutside the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where Pelosi stayed Tuesday night, she was met not only by supporters but also by opponents of her visit. “Hundreds of people gathered outside the hotel and across the street, supporters and protesters were separated by a wide border and dozens of police officers. Protesters chanted ‘Yankee, go home’ and carried signs calling the speaker a warmonger,” the report said.
The population of Taiwan, separated from mainland China by a narrow waterway, widely fears the danger of conflict. As in Ukraine, American imperialism is ready to drag the island into a disastrous war and sacrifice countless lives to realize its criminal ambitions of world domination.
(The article was published in English on August 3, 2022)