President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan commended US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is now visiting Taiwan, for her concrete steps to support Taiwan during this crucial period.
She emphasized that the island will not retreat in the face of heightened military threats.
The meeting took place in Taipei during Pelosi's visit to the island, which attracted harsh criticism from China and caused Beijing to announce a series of military drills and recall the US ambassador.
Tsai also informed Pelosi that she is one of Taiwan's most loyal allies and praised her for her unwavering support on the global stage.
The president noted that Taiwan is a dependable ally of the United States and will continue to work with Washington to enhance cooperation in security, economic development, and supply chains.
Pelosi met with Tsai Ing-wen despite China's vehement opposition to the meeting. According to Taiwan's Central News Agency, she is due to eat lunch and then depart the island.
This is the first travel by such a high-ranking US official in 25 years that President Biden does not endorse.
Local officials reported that 21 Chinese fighter jets penetrated Taiwan's air defense zone after Pelosi arrived in Taipei.
Around the island, China's armed forces have been placed on high alert for "targeted military operations" The foreign ministry of Beijing stated that the United States was engaging in "extremely dangerous" behavior and was playing with fire.
John Kirby, a spokesperson for the National Security Council of the United States, stated that China could not scare Washington with bellicose statements.
Kirby stated, "There is no need for this visit to ignite a crisis or conflict,"
Regarding Taiwan, Russia stated that China has the right to "take the necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity" In a statement, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described Pelosi's trip to Taiwan as a "sheer provocation."
On the occasion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, China summoned US Ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns. Vice Foreign Minister of China Xie Feng termed Pelosi's conduct "unheard of" and warned that her visit would have severe repercussions. He stated that the United States must pay for its own mistakes and urged Washington to take quick action to erase the negative impacts of Pelosi's visit.
North Korea also disapproved of the visit, and Pyongyang's foreign ministry considered it an unreasonable intrusion into China's internal affairs. According to a spokesperson for the department, the Chinese side has every right to retaliate against foreign troops that openly intervene and damage its territorial integrity.
However, China has issued a warning to the United Kingdom. China's envoy to the United Kingdom stated that bilateral relations would suffer severe consequences if British lawmakers visited Taiwan. The remark was sent after the Guardian reported that the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons in London was planning a visit to the island in November or early December.