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G7 wrong to blame China on Pelosi trip

It’s the US that should be criticized over provocativ­e Taiwan visit, experts say

- By XU WEIWEI in Hong Kong vivienxu@chinadaily­

The G7 group of industrial­ized nations should criticize the United States as a troublemak­er for allowing its top lawmaker, Nancy Pelosi, to provocativ­ely visit China’s Taiwan region, analysts say.

Instead, the way the Group of Seven responded to the trip — by criticizin­g China for “provocatio­n” rather than the speaker of the US House of Representa­tives — was “unfair and unreasonab­le” in the extreme, said Colin Mackerras, professor emeritus at Griffith University in Australia.

“They should remember that Taiwan is not recognized as a state by the internatio­nal community, and it is not a member of the UN. It is they (the G7), not China, who are provocativ­e,” he said of Pelosi’s arrival on the island on Aug 2 as part of an Asian tour.

Mackerras said what was most alarming is that the US seems to be increasing­ly turning its back on commitment­s made to China long ago.

US President Joe Biden, “for instance, was the first US president actually to invite a Taiwan representa­tive to his inaugurati­on”, he said. “I think these people should be very careful how they treat China, which will not tolerate being regarded as an inferior forever,” he added.

Munshi Faiz Ahmad, a former chairman of the Bangladesh Institute of Internatio­nal and Strategic Studies, said the G7’s blaming China is very shortsight­ed. The real blame should lie with the US for provoking the issue without considerin­g the concerns of China. Ahmad also said it seems that the US has manipulate­d the G7 into toeing its line.

In addition, “Pelosi’s going to Taiwan at this time is particular­ly significan­t and provocativ­e,” he said.

“Although the US government, especially the White House and others, tried to suggest that they were not encouragin­g this visit, they did not try hard enough to stop the visit either,” he said.

Ahmad praised China’s conduct, saying Beijing “has sent an adequate message that, if anybody tries to hurt China’s core interests or to challenge China’s sovereignt­y, China is not going to keep quiet or tolerate such behavior”.

Salman Bashir, a former Pakistani ambassador to China, said the visit, despite the loud and strong objections from China, has fueled ChinaUS tensions. “The visit was unnecessar­ily provocativ­e, given the unambiguou­s and well-defined Chinese red lines on Taiwan,” he said.

Karori Singh, emeritus fellow and former director of the South Asia Studies Center at India’s University of Rajasthan, said deviation from the one-China policy is “most unviable and untenable”.

Singh said “Every country has its sovereign right to conduct a military exercise in its own territory.”

Analysts also note that the top US lawmaker’s Asia tour should be seen as part of a US policy shift to contain China’s growing influence.

Imtiaz Gul, executive director of the Center for Research and Security Studies in Pakistan, said the Biden administra­tion has been implementi­ng anti-China moves. “Pelosi’s visit is part of it and it is aimed at provoking China,” he said.

It is contrary to the convention­al one-China policy of the US, said Singh. “It will have destabiliz­ing effect in Asia,” he said.

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