Nancy Pelosi laughs at Chinese sanctions on Taiwan

Nancy Pelosi said that the United States could not allow China to normalize the new level of pressure on Taiwan.

Washington:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that the United States could not allow China to normalize the new level of pressure on Taiwan that it asserted with days of military exercises following its visit to the Chinese-claimed island.

“What we saw with China is that they were trying to establish a kind of new normal. And we just can’t let that happen,” Pelosi said at a news conference with four other Democratic members of the House who accompanied her on the Asia trip.

China said on Wednesday it had “completed various tasks” around Taiwan but would continue regular patrols, which could signal the end of the days of war games as it keeps up pressure on the self-governing island.

Furious at last week’s visit to Taipei by Pelosi, an outspoken critic of China for decades who is second in line to the US presidency, for the originally scheduled four days.

“We went there to praise Taiwan. We went there to show our friendship, to say that China cannot isolate Taiwan,” Pelosi said.

She laughed when asked about China’s announcement that it was sanctioning her and her immediate family. “Who cares?” Pelosi said. “That is incidental to me, without any relevance.”

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said the delegation discussed a backlog of pending arms sales to Taiwan. He and Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said lawmakers were taking steps to more quickly advance such deals.

“We intend to fulfill all of our obligations to all of our partners and others who count on us for these vital supplies,” Krishnamoorthi said.

Meeks said his committee was working on legislation that would help speed up deals on defense equipment.

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