Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan amid US-China tensions: live updates

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, attends a meeting with Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, right, in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, August 3. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Reuters)

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan reflects Washington’s desire to prove its “impunity and display its anarchy”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday during of a press conference with Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

Lavrov linked Pelosi’s visit to the US response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying, “I can’t say what their [the Americans’] motivation, but there is no doubt that it reflects the same policy that we are talking about with regard to the Ukrainian situation.”

“It’s a desire to prove to absolutely everyone [their] impunity and display their anarchy.”

Lavrov said he saw no other “reason to create such an irritant literally out of nowhere, fully aware of what it means for the People’s Republic of China.”

On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Russia viewed Pelosi’s visit as “a clear provocation in the spirit of the aggressive US policy of all-out efforts to contain the PRC.” [People’s Republic of China].”

The ministry also called on Washington “to refrain from actions that undermine regional stability and international security and to recognize the new geopolitical reality in which there is no longer room for American hegemony.”

A bit of context: China’s refusal to condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine has fueled speculation about its intentions with Taiwan, raising questions about how the world might react if it launched an attack.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on China “to join the united world” and oppose Russia, in a virtual address at the Australian National University.

The president talked about China while answering questions from the students. He said China’s “neutrality” to the Russian invasion “is better” than if China announced its absolute support for Russia. But he said he believed “the nation, the Chinese people will make the prudent choice.” He went on to say that it is “important that China does not help Russia”.

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