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Kremlin strongly backs Beijing as Pelosi Taiwan trip looms

MOSCOW — On Tuesday, the Kremlin strongly warned the US against provoking China with a possible trip to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying it would raise tensions to a new level. dangerous.

Pelosi left Malaysia on Tuesday and was due to travel to Taiwan, heightening tensions with Beijing, which claims the self-governing island as its own territory. It was unclear where she was heading from Malaysia, but local media in Taiwan reported she would arrive on Tuesday evening, becoming the highest-ranking American lawmaker to visit in more than 25 years.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that such a visit would be “extremely provocative”, adding that it would “aggravate the situation in the region and fuel tensions”.

Speaking on a call with reporters, Peskov reaffirmed Russia’s “absolute solidarity” with China, noting that the Taiwan issue is very sensitive for Beijing.

“Instead of treating this sensitivity with respect, the United States has unfortunately chosen the path of confrontation,” he added. “It will not bring any good, we can only express regret.”

Taiwan and China separated in 1949 following a civil war that ended in a communist victory on the mainland. They have no official relations but are linked by billions of dollars in trade and investment. Both sides say they are one country but disagree on which government is entitled to national leadership.

Peskov’s comments reflect the close ties between Moscow and Beijing, which have grown stronger since Russia sent its troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24. on Moscow.

Russia and China have held a series of joint war games in recent years, including naval drills and long-range bomber patrols over the Sea of ​​Japan and East China Sea. Last year, Russian troops deployed for the first time on Chinese territory for joint maneuvers.

Even though Moscow and Beijing have in the past rejected the possibility of forging a military alliance, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said such a prospect cannot be ruled out. He also noted that Russia shares highly sensitive military technologies with China that have helped significantly boost its defense capability.

ABC News

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