In Japan, Pelosi says US won't let China 'isolate' Taiwan

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The US House Speaker flew to Tokyo for the last leg of her Asia trip, which included a controversial visit to Taiwan. Pelosi says the US doesn’t seek to “change the status quo” in the region.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that the United States will “not allow” China to isolate Taiwan.

Pelosi made the comments in a visit to Japan’s capital, following a trip to Taiwan that infuriated Beijing.

What did Pelosi say?

“They may try to keep Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us to travel there,” Pelosi said following talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.

“We had high-level visits, senators in the spring, the bi-partisan way, continuing visits, and we will not allow them to isolate Taiwan,” the US lawmaker said.

Pelosi said that her visits to Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan were “not about changing the status quo.”

“We have said from the start that our representation here is not about changing the status quo here in Asia, changing the status quo in Taiwan,” she said, responding to accusations that her trip showed that the US supports Taiwan’s independence…

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