China and the United States have a state of tension never seen before in recent times.
The visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, strained relations between the two countries, with China threatening the US for its actions.
But why is the island of Taiwan so important and what brought the relationship between the two powers to such an extreme?
Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is part of an Asian tour, with Japan and South Korea next on the agenda.
However, Taiwan’s choice infuriated China, which blamed the United States for statements made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. To see also : United States and G20: Building a More Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous World.
“Whoever offends China will be punished,” Wang told CCTV.
“Those who play with fire will not end well and those who offend China must be punished.”
It must be remembered that, although Taiwan and the United States do not have commercial relations, the United States is its main supplier of weapons, making it an important enclave in the event of an armed conflict between the two powers.
Taiwan, on the other hand, is considered a rebel province by Beijing, and its alignment with the United States is a cause for concern.
Taiwan’s importance in this conflict
China has stepped up its military maneuvers near the island to show its displeasure. To see also : The United States is taking enforcement action against confidence in interests held by the Russian oligarch. However, Taiwan has also responded with similar actions, amid China’s fears of possible financial consequences.
Here lies the importance of Taiwan, which produces 65 percent of the world’s microchips, which are key parts for electronic devices such as mobile phones.