Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has exacerbated the conflict between China and Taiwan by visiting Taiwan this week, despite the disapproval of the Biden administration. The synopsis of the conflict stems down to China claiming that Taiwan was once a Chinese province, and Taiwan claiming itself as an independent nation. While the BBC shared that the US does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state, they have a close relationship with the island, prompting Pelosi to stop by whilst on her tour of Southeast Asia. Tensions between China and Taiwan have risen once again due to Pelosi’s visit, considering that this political move comes off as the US stabbing China in the back.
Before it was confirmed if Pelosi would stop in Taiwan or not, China had threatened Taiwan with military action, saying that they will have a “price to pay” if the capital, Taipei, hosts Pelosi. The Associated Press said that “Beijing claims [Taiwan] as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary,” and has now administered multiple precision missile strikes into the water surrounding the northeastern and southwestern coasts of Taiwan. While these missiles were sent into the water to serve as a threat to Taiwan that Chinese military involvement is looming, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has confirmed that the US will continue to support Taiwan and will not condone what he called an “overreaction” from China.
The trajectory of Chinese missiles has been and will continue to be tracked by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, and it seems that the majority of Taiwan residents are not extremely worried about China’s sudden action, with fishermen being the most highly targeted since the missiles are hitting the ocean. With the Ukrainian and Russian conflict still occurring in eastern Europe, the last thing the world needs is another deadly conflict, with US ambassadors urging China to avoid further military action and not “manufacture a crisis” over Pelosi’s visit.