On Friday the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi praised and pledged US solidarity with Taiwan while on her tour to Asia.
The Speaker’s visit to Taiwan infuriated the Chinese as they consider Taiwan as their breakaway province. The Chinese responded by large-scale deployment of their armed forces close to the island and conducting war games and life fire drills that simulated an invasion around the Taiwanese waters.
Ms Pelosi along with her delegation arrived in Japan after their stopover in Taiwan, the already infuriated Chinese fired 5 missiles in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Japan too has become weary and alarmed by China’s aggression and has been ramping up its defence spending and acquisition of equipment and technologies.
Both the US and Japan are worried about China’s growing might and fear a possible invasion of Taiwan.
“We have said from the start that our representation here is not about changing the status quo in Taiwan or the region,” she told a news conference after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
“The Chinese government is not pleased that our friendship with Taiwan is a strong one,” she added.
Ms Pelosi reiterated bipartisan support for Taiwan and the status quo in the region.
China has condemned the Speaker and her delegation’s visit to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
Meanwhile the Chinese continue with their military exercises in and around Taiwan Straits and they are set to end on Sunday.