Live blog | Pelosi leaves Taiwan again after controversial visit

Pelosi leaves Taiwan again after controversial visit

12:09 | The US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has left Taiwan after a controversial visit to the island nation. Among other things, she spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen. China is furious that the top politician visited Taiwan.

Pelosi, 82, is now on her way to the South Korean capital, Seoul, where her next appointments are scheduled. Pelosi travels around Asian countries to meet with politicians and leaders.

Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday. China sees the island nation as a renegade province and calls the visit a violation of sovereignty. Beijing has already announced measures against Taiwan, the US and Pelosi. China also responded with a major military exercise around Taiwan.

China blocks imports of fruit and fish from Taiwan after Pelosi visit

11:23 | China blocks the import of certain fruits and fish from Taiwan after US politician Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island nation. According to Beijing, the measures are being taken because the corona virus has been discovered on products from Taiwan, but according to Taiwan, it is a political move.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has halted the export of natural sand to Taiwan. This sand is used, among other things, to make concrete and asphalt. Pelosi can also count on Chinese sanctions. The State Department has already said it will crack down on her and the US over the visit to Taiwan.

China will further limit Taiwan’s leeway

11:02 | China is furious that Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, has traveled to Taiwan after all. According to China expert Henk Schulte Nordholt, the Chinese assumed that their threats would cause Pelosi to cancel her visit.

China says Pelosi and US will be punished after Taiwan visit

09:32 | Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the US will be punished after top politician Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China is furious that the speaker of the US House of Representatives is visiting the island nation, which China sees as a renegade province.

“This is a complete charade. The US is violating China’s sovereignty under the guise of so-called democracy. Anyone who offends China will be punished,” Wang said. It does not say what the penalties are. China has also threatened to retaliate if Pelosi visits Taiwan. Military exercises have already been announced, which will block Taiwan’s air and sea space.

Because of the Chinese exercises, Taiwan is in consultation with, among others, Japan and the Philippines about alternative flight routes, so that the island state is not completely shut off. Japan and South Korea have already expressed their concerns about the situation, the countries want peace to be maintained in the region. The European Union says the conflict must be resolved.

Record number of people follow Pelosi flight to Taiwan online

08:47 | A record number of people followed US top politician Nancy Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan online via the website Flightradar24. More than 708,000 people watched live when SPAR19 arrived in Taipei on Tuesday night, according to the website. In total, more than 2.92 million people watched part of the flight.

The website’s functionality was put to the test by the many visitors. At Flightradar24, flights can be followed live online on a map.

Pelosi was traveling for seven hours from Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur to Taipei in Taiwan. The plane did not take the fastest route over the South China Sea, but flew over Indonesia and the Philippines in a detour.

It wasn’t until she got off the plane that Pelosi, 82, was on board the US military plane. She had arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday and therefore left shortly after.

Chinese trade measures against Taiwan over Pelosi visit

06:37 | China responds with measures to the visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. The Chinese Customs Service today announced a series of trade measures against Taiwan. The Chinese Customs announced today a halt to the import of citrus fruits and some fish species from Taiwan, while the Ministry of Commerce suspended the export of sand to Taiwan.

“As far as I can tell, China’s military response is not that bad,” said US correspondent David Hammelburg. “There were all sorts of reports of, for example, Chinese tanks on the coast and warplanes screeching past. Everyone knows by now that Chinese rattling of weapons does not immediately mean that an attack is imminent.’

Taiwan’s defense minister: Chinese exercises seriously violate Taiwan’s sovereignty

06:11 | Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said today that Chinese military exercises have violated UN rules, invaded Taiwan’s territorial space and amounted to an air and sea blockade. And that in times of high tension, because the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is visiting the island. This is reported by Reuters.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said the island will vigorously defend its security, counter any move that violates territorial sovereignty, and raise its alertness with the principle of not asking for war.

The Ministry of Defense added at a press conference today that China continues to wage psychological warfare against Taiwan and that citizens should not believe rumors and report fake news to the government.

Pelosi meets the chairman of the major chip manufacturer TSMC in Taiwan

00:34 | US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet today with Mark Liu, chairman of Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC, reports The Washington Post.

Pelosi and Liu will discuss the implementation of the recently passed Chips and Science Act in the United States. That law frees up $52 billion in federal subsidies for domestic chip factories and makes it more attractive for a company like TSMC to open a chip factory in the United States.

TSMC is the largest chip maker in the world and controls more than half of the chip manufacturing market. The Taiwanese company makes chips for smartphones, computers, cars and advanced missiles, among other things.

Today, Pelosi is also meeting with a former Tiananmen activist, a Hong Kong bookseller who was once detained by China, and a Taiwanese activist who was recently released by China.

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