Nancy Pelosi, the US House Speaker, has arrived in Taiwan, despite Beijing’s threats about her visiting.
She is now the highest-ranking American official who has visited the island self-ruled by China for 25 years.
China has closely followed her visit, as well as scores of others who used Flightradar24’s website to track the plane she was aboard on its journey to Taiwan.
Ms. Pelosi and her delegation landed at Songshan Airport in Taipei, USA, late Tuesday night. They were greeted by Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign minister and Sandra Oudkirk (the top US representative in Taiwan).
She will meet Taiwan’s president Tsai Ingwen and the parliament tomorrow before flying out of the island in afternoon.
Beijing has warned that the visit would harm China-US relations. The foreign ministry stated that it was a serious violation of China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and sovereignty.
China’s foreign ministry stated in a statement that it had protested the US shortly after she arrived in Taipei on Tuesday night.
The Chinese war planes flew over Taiwan Strait just before her arrival, as state media reported.
Ms. Pelosi is currently on an Asia tour that includes visits to Singapore and Malaysia, South Korea, South Korea, Japan, and South Korea. Although her stop in Taiwan was not announced, it had been widely expected.
China claims Taiwan is self-governed. A spokesperson for the foreign ministry stated earlier this week that any visit from Ms. Pelosi to China would be “a gross interference into China’s internal affairs”.
They warned that “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army won’t sit by idly by.”
The visit of Ms. Pelosi caps a long history in which the politician has faced Beijing.
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She was a junior senator 30 years ago when she escaped from an official delegation.