Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of La France insoumise, June 15, 2022. SARAH MEYSSONNIER / REUTERS The leader of La France insoumise (LFI) Jean-Luc Mélenchon describes as “provocation” on his blog the trip of the president of the United States House of Representatives in Taiwan, claiming that “there is only one China”, in full tension between Taipei and Beijing. Nancy Pelosi’s initiative, taken as part of an Asian tour, is seen by China as a provocation, support for Taiwan independence supporters and a reneging of the United States’ promise not to have official relations with the island. Read also: Taiwan: four Chinese missiles fly over the island and twenty-two planes cross the air defense zone again Referring to a “provocation by the United States in Taiwan”, Jean-Luc Mélenchon estimates in his weekly blog post that there “is only one China” and that “Taiwan is an integral part of China”, using a term defended by the regime in Beijing but refused by the authorities in Taipei. Coming from an independence party, the current president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, unlike the previous government, refuses to recognize that the island and the continent are part of “one China”. The Chinese Embassy in France thanks Mr. Mélenchon “The Chinese will solve the problem among themselves. There is no other reasonable outcome possible”, swept Mr. Mélenchon, who accuses the United States of wanting to “open a new front”. A position held for a long time by the “rebellious”, who said in 2021 that he refused “the cold war with China”, concerning a proposal for a resolution in the National Assembly in favor of Taiwan’s participation in the work of organizations international. In the evening, the Chinese Embassy in France thanked Jean-Luc Melenchon by tweet “for his constant support for the policy of one China”. Beijing on Thursday launched the largest military maneuvers in its history around Taiwan, a muscular response to the visit of the leader of the American deputies Nancy Pelosi on the island. The Chinese military launched a series of missiles that flew over Taiwan before falling for the first time in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Twenty-two Chinese fighter jets briefly entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Thursday, Taiwan’s defense minister said. Read also Article reserved for our subscribers Between Yannick Jadot and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, irreconcilable lefts internationally For Beijing, these maneuvers are “a necessary and legitimate measure” after Nancy Pelosi’s visit. Travel by foreign officials and parliamentarians to Taiwan has also increased in recent years, each time provoking the ire of Beijing. The World with AFP
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