The regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo condemned this Tuesday “strongly” US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which he called a “provocation”. Until now, the Nicaraguan government has been the only Chinese ally in Latin America to publicly criticize the tour of the senior US official.
“The Government of Reconciliation and National Unity of Nicaragua, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strongly condemns the provocation constituted by Mrs. Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the territory of the People’s Republic of China,” said the Nicaraguan Executive, in a message signed by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada.
Nicaragua’s condemnation corresponds to its new position as an ally of China, a country with which it reestablished diplomatic relations last December, to the detriment of Taiwanwhich Beijing regards as a rebellious province.
Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday on an unannounced visit that has exacerbated tensions between the United States and China, which sees the trip as a provocation to which it has responded by showing military muscle and imposing sanctions on imports from the island.
This is the first visit by a US House Speaker to Taiwan since Republican Newt Gingrich’s in 1997.
It is also the highest-level visit by a US representative since that date, although several congressional delegations have passed through in recent months.
Laureano and Rosario
The Ortega regime desperately seeks attract Chinese attention as an economic ally, to the point of breaking with Taiwan, until then one of its main political and financial partners. In addition, the dictatorship confiscated the building where the Taiwanese embassy in Managua was located.
On Twitter, the son of the presidential couple, Laureano Ortega Murillo, shared a publication by the official 19 Digital, where Moncada’s message is collected, under the title: “Nicaragua supports the sovereign rights of the People’s Republic of China.”
Nicaragua supports the defense of the sovereign rights of the People’s Republic of China. 🇳🇮 🇨🇳 https://t.co/TI3dkRRer7
– Laureano Ortega Murillo (@LaureanoOrtegaM) August 2, 2022
The message was also read by Murillo, during his daily soliloquy in the regime’s propaganda media. “This morning we have learned about the unusual provocation of the imperialist government, of North American imperialism of the United States, through Mrs. Nancy Pelosi,” said the first lady.
In its statement, the Sandinista government accused the United States of having an “interventionist and interventionist policy”, which “intends, unsuccessfully thanks to the struggles of the peoples, to dominate the world.”
The Nicaraguan Executive said it “fully” supported the position of the Asian giant, “as well as the invariable and full defense of its national sovereignty, its territorial integrity and the sovereign will and responsibility of the people of the People’s Republic of China.”
“In the difficult and complex circumstances that the world is experiencing, our resolute rejection of hostilities and serious imperialist actions against China is based on the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, non-confrontation, and solidary cooperation, established in all letters and instruments of international law and justice,” he continued.
“We reiterate that the internal affairs of a country must be sacred to all,” he added.
Nicaragua reestablished relations with China after breaking 31 years of having them with Taiwan, and after the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union, and part of the international community, ignored the electoral process in which Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo, were reelected as president and vice president, with their main contenders in prison or in exile.