The Chinese government has shown its ignorance as it summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, though the U.S. government does not have authority over Congress.
According to Newsweek, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a late-night summon to Nicholas Burns—U.S. Ambassador to China—after Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Aug. 2.
A senior Chinese diplomat blasted the ambassador over the U.S. government’s failure to block the lawmaker’s plan.
Chinese vice foreign minister Xie Feng called Burns to express strong protests over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, a self-governed island but Beijing views it as its own territory.
However, the White House argued that it, as the executive branch in the U.S., has no authority over Congress, or the legislative branch.
Pelosi became the first U.S. serving speaker to set foot in Taipei in 25 years. She is a long-time critic of China’s human rights record.
During an audience with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Pelosi said that American lawmakers made a bedrock promise to always stand with Taiwan.
Xie Feng claimed that the U.S. government must be held accountable for allowing the House speaker to travel to Taiwan.
Xie said the U.S. government has indulged rather than restrained Pelosi’s visit, leading to escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait and undermining the relations between the two powers.
The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, also released a front-page editorial on Wednesday. It wrote: “The U.S. government had the responsibility to prevent her trip.”
Before Pelosi made her visit to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesman said that any visit by the U.S House speaker would be “a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.”
According to Sky News, the spokesman warned that the Chinese army would never sit idly by.
And as China escalated the rhetoric, more than two dozen Chinese warplanes stormed Taiwan’s air defense zone on Wednesday morning.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced on Twitter on Aug. 3 that 27 Chinese aircraft including six J-11’s, five J-16’s, and 16 SU-30’s entered Taiwan’s airspace on the same day. Taiwan issued “radio warnings” and deployed its “air defense missile systems … to monitor the activities.”
On Aug. 3, The Chinese People Liberation Army announced live-fire exercises and missile tests in six locations around Taiwan, which will be held from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7.
U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw fired back at China’s threats over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
In a tweet on Aug. 3, he wrote: “The Chinese Communist Party can go straight to hell.”
He added: “You don’t tell us when our elected representatives can visit other countries, as they always have, since our nation’s inception. No amount of toddler-esque saber rattling will change that.”