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‘We are truly led by imbeciles’: Nancy Pelosi slammed for ‘connection’ with China comment

  • Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for her “connection” with China comment that was said during a speech in Tokyo on Friday.
  • “When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach China, so we've always felt a connection there," Pelosi said.
  • Her comment ignited criticism on Twitter, with one user writing, “We are truly led by imbeciles.”
  • “Did Nancy Pelosi actually dig all the way from her home to China? Because I would totally get the connection she feels then,” another user tweeted.
  • Pelosi led a Congressional delegation consisting of Chairperson Gregory Meeks (D, NY-5), Chairperson Mark Takano (D, CA-41), Congressional representative Suzan DelBene (D, WA-1), Congressional representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL-8) and Congressional representative Andy Kim (D, NJ-3).
  • The delegation visited Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan with a stopover in Taiwan on Tuesday, a move condemned by China months before the planned Asia trip.

Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for saying she has always felt a “connection” with China.

During a speech on Friday in Tokyo, the last stop of Pelosi’s recent visit to Asia, Pelosi recalled a childhood memory about China.

Repercussions of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan felt around the world as countries and companies stay on their toes

  • The repercussions of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) controversial and highly publicized visit to Taiwan on Tuesday are being felt by countries and companies throughout the world.
  • Although the House speaker’s trip to Taiwan lasted less than a day, it evoked strong reactions from countries around the world who understood the geopolitical impact of having one of America’s highest-ranking officials visit the island.
  • On Friday, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China released a statement announcing sanctions on House Speaker Pelosi.
  • China also announced that the country would be halting dialogue with the U.S. in several areas, including between theater-level military commanders and regarding the climate crisis.
  • On Friday, tech giant Apple told its suppliers to strictly abide by Chinese customs regulations that parts from Taiwan be labeled as being made from either in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei.”
  • Japan has also been on high alert, after five Chinese ballistic missiles landed in the waters near Japan’s southwestern islands on Thursday.

The repercussions of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) controversial and highly publicized visit to Taiwan on Tuesday are being felt by countries and companies throughout the world as tensions rise amid the prospect of a world war. 

China issued multiple warnings during the weeks leading up to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which the communist country strongly condemned. 

Taiwan thanks Qatar for removing China reference from 2022 World Cup ID system

Taiwan World Cup
  • Taiwan thanked organizers of the World Cup in Qatar for modifying the identification system by removing the reference to China for Taiwanese attendees.
  • Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry had previously condemned organizers for not including a Taiwan nationality option.
  • The island’s demands appear to have been heard, however, because as of late Wednesday, World Cup ticket holders could register under “Taiwan,” complete with the Taiwanese flag.
  • In a statement of appreciation for the quick modification, Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou told reporters this was a “positive development,” and added, “We express our thanks and affirmation for this goodwill.”
  • In contrast, Beijing’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reiterated that “Taiwan is part of China,” adding that the “one China” policy was a “basic norm.”

Taiwan thanked organizers of the World Cup in Qatar for modifying the identification system by removing the reference to China for Taiwanese attendees.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry had previously condemned organizers for not including a Taiwan nationality option in their Hayya identification system, which also doubles as an entry visa for those attending the World Cup. 

China threatens Taiwan with ‘demise’ after Taipei lawmaker warns of missiles that can reach Beijing

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  • You Si-kun, president of Taiwan’s Legislative Assembly, said in a speech on Sunday that the self-governed island has supersonic missiles that can reach Beijing.
  • You said he has known of such capabilities since he served as premier between 2002 and 2005, but he could not talk about them publicly at the time.
  • If Chinese forces manage to land on Taiwan, Taiwanese people should have the determination to fight as the Ukrainians did in their ongoing conflict against Russia, You said.
  • In response to You’s remarks, China has threatened Taiwan with an “accelerated demise.”

China has threatened Taiwan with an “accelerated demise” in retaliation to a Taipei lawmaker’s revelation that the self-governed island has supersonic missiles capable of reaching Beijing.

You Si-kun, president of Taiwan’s Legislative Assembly, disclosed the Yun Feng missile’s capabilities at a keynote speech on Sunday. He said he already knew that this type of missile could reach Beijing when he served as premier between 2002 and 2005, but he could not talk about it publicly at the time.

‘Unacceptable’: Taiwan condemns Qatar for listing Taiwanese fans as Chinese at 2022 World Cup

Taiwan World Cup
  • Taiwan’s foreign ministry criticized organizers of the World Cup in Qatar in response to Taiwanese fans being listed as Chinese in the identification system.
  • On Tuesday, Taiwanese fans entering their nationalities for the identification card that would serve as their entry visa for the World Cup in Qatar found that there was no listing for Taiwan available in the drop down menu.
  • The following day, “Taiwan, Province of China” was added to the online system along with the Taiwanese flag.
  • In response, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou stated that it was “unacceptable to belittle our country” and demanded that the organizers make an “immediate correction of their ways.”
  • In order to avoid political concerns that may arise, Taiwan is usually referred to as “Chinese Taipei” at most international sporting events, including the Olympics.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry criticized organizers of the World Cup in Qatar in response to Taiwanese fans being listed as Chinese in the identification system.

On Tuesday, Taiwanese fans entering their nationalities for the Hayya identification card that would serve as their entry visa for the World Cup in Qatar found that there was no listing for Taiwan available in the drop-down menu.

China will ‘definitely not hesitate to start a war’ over Taiwan split, Beijing warns US

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  • In a meeting between China and the U.S. on Friday, Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe warned that the country would go to war with Taiwan if the island declared independence.
  • The two world superpowers met in Singapore for the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue defense summit alongside over 30 other defense ministers and officials from around the world.
  • In a separate face-to-face meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Wei made it clear that China remained firm in its stance against Taiwanese independence.
  • “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will definitely not hesitate to start a war no matter the cost,” the general said.
  • The timing of the summit coincides with President Biden’s recent efforts to rally support in Asia and counteract China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

In a meeting between China and the U.S. on Friday, Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe warned that the country would go to war with Taiwan if the island declared independence. 

The two world superpowers met in Singapore for the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue defense summit alongside over 30 other defense ministers and officials from around the world. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave the event’s keynote speech.

Calling all allies: Here’s what happened on Biden’s mission-driven tour of Asia

  • In a news conference held on Monday in Tokyo, President Biden gave an unequivocal “yes,” when asked if the U.S. would get involved militarily if China were to attack Taiwan.
  • Tensions have grown between China versus the U.S. and Taiwan amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, during which the looming question of whether China would be next to invade Taiwan has led to nations scrambling to reinforce ties with allies.
  • Beijing diplomat Yang Jiechi responded with the warning, “If the U.S. side insists on playing the Taiwan card and goes further and further down the wrong road, it will certainly lead to a dangerous situation.”
  • Biden’s visit to the Indo-Pacific comes at a critical time in which the President appears to be rallying the support of allies to trump China’s reach in the region.
  • Biden also met with leaders from South Korea, Australia and India to discuss economic strategies that would encourage less of a dependence on China as a trading partner.

In a news conference held Monday in Tokyo, President Biden gave an unequivocal “yes,” when asked if the U.S. would militarily step in if China were to attack Taiwan.

In the joint conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a reporter asked Biden, “You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily, for obvious reasons, are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?”

Orange County doctor John Cheng remembered for his heroism at Taiwanese church shooting

  • John Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor, was brutally shot during a mass shooting at a Laguna Woods church on Sunday.
  • He was hailed as a hero for intervening and tackling the gunman, 68-year-old David Chou.
  • Cheng’s quick actions allowed some congregants to step in and hogtie the suspect. He was reportedly shot several times and pronounced dead at the scene.
  • The shooting, which was described as a “politically-motivated hate incident” by officials, is currently being investigated as a hate crime.
  • Chou is being held on a $1 million bail at the Orange County Intake Release Center.

A doctor in Orange County, California, who was brutally shot during a mass shooting at a Laguna Woods church on Sunday was hailed as a hero for intervening and stopping the gunman.

John Cheng, a 52-year-old sports medicine doctor, immediately sprang into action to tackle the gunman, 68-year-old David Chou, before attempting to disarm him on Sunday.

Suspect in California church mass shooting was motivated by hate against Taiwan, police say

  • The fatal shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Southern California is now being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said on Monday.
  • David Wenwei Chou, 68, reportedly drove all the way from Las Vegas and chained the church’s doors. He then filled the keyholes with superglue before pulling out a handgun and opening fire.
  • Dr. John Cheng, 52, tackled Chou and was fatally shot. While Chou was on the ground, other congregation members managed to hogtie him using extension cords.
  • Five Asian seniors were brought to the hospital after the shooting, while a sixth survivor sustained minor injuries.
  • Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes described the shooting as “a politically motivated hate incident, claiming that Chou, a U.S. citizen born in Taiwan, “was upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan.”
  • During a news conference on Monday, Kristi Johnson, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said a federal hate crime investigation is now ongoing.

A shooting at a Southern California church that killed one person and wounded five others is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said on Monday.

The recent incident, which involved around 40 witnesses, occurred at Geneva Presbyterian Church in the 24000 block of El Toro Road in Laguna Woods just before 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.