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China cannot stop world leaders from visiting Taiwan, says US Speaker Pelosi

12:15 AM | 4 Aug, 2022
China cannot stop world leaders from visiting Taiwan, says US Speaker Pelosi
Source: Nancy Pelosi (Twitter)

TAIPEI – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan after a brief but controversial visit on Wednesday.

Pelosi, the most senior US politician to visit Taiwan in 25 years, left on Wednesday after meeting leaders in the capital Taipei. As part of a wider Asian tour, her visit sparked fury in Beijing after she ignored the warnings not to travel to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused the US of "violating China's sovereignty under the guise of so-called democracy" and said : "Those who play with fire will not come to a good end and those who offend China will be punished."

In a statement released after her visit, Pelosi said China cannot "prevent world leaders or anyone from travelling to Taiwan to pay respect to its flourishing democracy, thighlight its many successes and to reaffirm our commitment to continued collaboration".

The senior US Democrat's visit was not approved by her party colleague, President Joe Biden, who had said the American military felt it was "not a good idea right now" amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

The US walks a diplomatic tightrope with its Taiwan policy. On the one hand, it abides by the "One China" policy, which recognises only one Chinese government, giving it formal ties with Beijing and not Taiwan.

On the other, it maintains a "robust unofficial" relationship with the island, which includes selling weapons for Taiwan to defend itself.

As speaker of the US House of Representatives, Pelosi is the second in line to the US presidency, behind Vice-President Kamala Harris.

In response to the trip, China announced what it called "necessary and just" military drills in seas around 10 miles (16km) from Taiwan.

The exercises, which will begin on Thursday and last for five days, will take place in some of the world's busiest waterways and will include "long-range live ammunition shooting".

Also, Taiwan scrambled jets on Wednesday to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft in its air defence zone.

Taiwanese Defence Ministry said 22 of them crossed the median line separating the island from China.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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