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Lavrov and Pelosi journeys to Asia in contrast

Russian overseas minister goals for “cooperation, not provocation,” says Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is touring to Asia to advertise cooperation, to not provoke China like US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, his spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned on Tuesday. Moscow’s chief diplomat is scheduled to go to Myanmar and attend the Russia-ASEAN assembly in Cambodia.

“It’s hot there now, in every sense,” Zakharova mentioned on Telegram. “Lavrov brings not provocation, like Pelosi, but cooperation. See you there!”

Pelosi, the California Democrat presently presiding over the US House of Representatives, flew to Taiwan on Tuesday night, ignoring a string of Chinese warnings and protests. She is probably the most senior US official to go to the island in 25 years. 

“Our Congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy,” she mentioned in an announcement, launched after touchdown in Taipei. Her op-ed within the Washington Post, laying out the explanations for her go to, was printed shortly thereafter, suggesting the journey was ready in advance.

Beijing has reacted with fury, denouncing Pelosi’s journey as “a serious violation of the one-China principle” and of three joint communiqués signed with the US. “It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”  the Chinese Foreign Ministry mentioned.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov mentioned on Tuesday that Russia stands “in absolute solidarity with China,” including that Pelosi’s journey was “purely provocative” and prone to worsen geopolitical tensions within the area.

The Chinese navy presence near the island has been drastically elevated in current days. Beijing has introduced air, sea and missile drills off the coast of Taiwan for the remainder of the week.

The nationalist Kuomintang has dominated the island since 1949, after dropping the Chinese civil warfare to the Communists and retreating there with US assist. Beijing formally considers Taiwan China’s sovereign territory, which might be reintegrated sooner or later. 


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