US sends for Chinese ambassador for military exercises near Taiwan

The U.S. government called the Chinese ambassador to Washington, Qin Gang, to protest the maneuvers carried out by the Asian giant around Taiwanamid increased tensions over the visit to the island by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

“Following China’s actions, we summoned (Chinese) Ambassador Qin Gang to the White House to convey a protest through diplomatic channels at China’s provocative actions,” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. sent to the newspaper ‘Washington Post’.

“We condemn China’s military actions, which are irresponsible and run counter to the goal of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

Kirby claimed that Washington “made clear once again what has been done in private at the highest levels and in public.”

“Nothing has changed about our ‘one China’ policy.”he said, stressing that “the United States is prepared for whatever China chooses to do.”

“We are not looking for and we do not want a crisis. At the same time, we will not be deterred from acting in the seas and skies in the Western Pacificin line with international law, as we have done for decades, to support Taiwan and to defend a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the same newspaper, the Chinese ambassador responded with an opinion column in which he explained China’s reasons for condemning Pelosi’s visit.

White House sources cited by ‘Washington Post’ indicated that the meeting took place between Qin and the White House deputy secretary and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Regional Affairs at the National Security Council, Kurt Campbell.

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Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night as part of a visit that lasted less than 24 hours but caused controversy and has drawn strong criticism from the Chinese government, which considers the island to be one more province under its sovereignty.

(With information from Europe Press)

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