Japan said that five of nine missiles fired towards its territory landed in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Tokyo lodged a diplomatic protest over the incident, which Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi termed “unprecedented.”
Pelosi lauded Taiwan's democracy, economic successes and — in a veiled dig at China — its human rights record, noting support by Taiwan, the first Asian government to allow same-sex marriage, for LGBTQ rights.
“The fact is, I have said it again and again, if we do not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out about human rights any place in the world,” she said.
“China has some contradictions — some progress in terms of lifting people up, some horrible things happening in terms of the Uighurs. In fact, it's been labelled a genocide.”
Human rights groups accuse Beijing of abuse against Xinjiang's Uyghur ethnic group, accusations China rejects.
Delegation member House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Gregory Meeks was even blunter.
“They surely don't want us to continue to talk about what's happening in Xinjiang (with) the Uighurs,” he said.
“We're going to speak up and speak out for human rights, human dignity, and democratic process. That's what this trip was all about.”
WORRIED ALLY, MAINTAINING PEACE
Earlier, Pelosi met with Kishida, who later said they would work together to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, a key shipping route.
Japan, whose southernmost islands are closer to Taiwan than Tokyo, has warned that Chinese intimidation of Taiwan is an escalating national security threat.
Tensions between Japan and China also ramped up a notch on Thursday when China announced that a meeting between the two nations' foreign ministers, set to take place on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting in Cambodia, had been called off due to its displeasure with a G7 statement urging Beijing to resolve the tension over Taiwan peacefully.
China summoned the Japanese ambassador in Beijing to lodge stern representations over its participation in the “erroneous” G7 statement, its foreign ministry said on Friday.
While visiting Japan in May, US President Joe Biden said he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan — a comment that appeared to stretch the limits of the US policy of “strategic ambiguity” towards the island.
Kishida's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has also pledged to double military spending to 2% of GDP.