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Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan blows up Flightradar24

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TAIPEI – For the first time in a quarter century, an American leader is in Taiwan. Nancy Pelosi refuses to be intimidated by Chinese threats. Beijing launches fighter jets – the flight of the speaker of the United States House of Representatives is watched live by millions of people around the world.

SPAR19 did not choose the direct route from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei. The Boeing C-40C flew over Indonesia for the first time – it was only in the Philippines that it became clear that the special US Air Force 737-700C was actually turning to Taipei.

Despite all the threats from China, top US politician Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday on her trip to Asia.

Their military aircraft generated more interest than any flight ever before. “From takeoff to landing, 2.92 million followed SPAR19 from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei in at least stages,” Flightradar24 said. 708,000 users alone listening for approach and landing.

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“This makes it the most tracked flight in Flightradar24’s history,” the site operator explained. The “unprecedented interest” really made the flight tracker’s servers shine – sometimes access to the site was restricted.

Delicate mission

The visit of the speaker of the United States House of Representatives is the most important visit of the United States since 1997. Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of the People’s Republic and strictly rejects official contacts from other countries in Taipei. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock received a protest from Beijing on the Taiwan issue on Tuesday.

China also vigorously protested Pelosi’s visit immediately after landing. The Foreign Ministry in Beijing spoke of a “very dangerous game with fire”. Immediately before Pelosi landed, Chinese Su-35 fighter jets flew over the Taiwan Strait Seaway.

© aero.de, dpa-AFX | Artwork: USAF | 08/03/2022 07:44

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