Washington, Europe Brief News – Washington has been accused of “destabilising” the world after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared intention to visit Taiwan despite vociferous opposition from Beijing.
While there have been no official announcements, several Taiwanese media outlets reported late on Monday, citing unnamed sources, that Pelosi would arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday.
She would become the highest-ranking elected US official to visit the island in more than 25 years if she makes the trip.
But China has warned against Pelosi visiting the self-ruled island, which it claims as its own, saying the United States will “pay the price for undermining China’s sovereignty and security interest”.
Noting Beijing’s ire over the reportedly imminent visit, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the US of undermining global security.
“Washington is bringing destabilisation to the world. Not a single settled conflict in recent decades, but many provoked ones,” she said in a Telegram post on Tuesday.
Russia’s assault on Ukraine has heightened fears that Beijing might follow through on its threats to annex Taiwan, which rejects China’s sovereignty claims and says only its people can decide the island’s future.
Beijing has been steadily ratcheting up diplomatic and military pressure on the self-ruled democracy since President Tsai Ing-wen was first elected in 2016.
Meanwhile, threats of retaliation over a visit by Pelosi have driven concerns of a deepening crisis amid continued tension between the US and China.