Tensions have reportedly been rising between the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the White House, regarding a potential upcoming trip by the Congressional leader to the hot spot of Taiwan.
The trip, which is planned for August, has been viewed as a catalyst that could disrupt relations between the U.S. and China — as the United States has remained vigilant of Chinese attempts to overtake their small island neighbor of Taiwan, in a potential push to expand their territory even further.
“The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” President Joe Biden said on Wednesday, according to Politico. “But I don’t know what the status of it is.”
“It looks like a military operation,” an anonymous US official added. Due to the fact that Speaker Pelosi would be arriving in Taiwan via a military aircraft, which is typical for Congressional delegations.
Biden administration officials are concerned China might declare a no-fly zone ahead of Pelosi’s visit, CNN reported.
The House Speaker stated Thursday that some officials are afraid her aircraft would be shot down by the Chinese, adding, “It’s important for us to show support for Taiwan. None of us have ever said we’re for independence when it comes to Taiwan. That’s up to Taiwan to decide.”
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While the Biden administration pushes back on the Taiwan trip, Pelosi’s colleagues on the other side of the aisle agree with their fellow representative.
“I don’t always agree with her, but on this one I applaud it,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said in an interview, per Politico. “It’s important that we show up in Taiwan and demonstrate to China that we are supportive. That’s a very strong statement for a speaker to go to Taiwan.”
In a reply to the potential trip, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the United States can expect a direct response from China if the travel plans are taken to fruition.
“If the U.S. insists on going its own way, China will take forceful measures to resolutely respond and counter it, and we will do what we say,” the spokesman proclaimed.
With China reportedly launching its second largest incursion into The Taiwan air defense zone in May –and warning the U.S. “not to play with fire“ over a potential arms deal between the U.S. and Taiwan — American leaders need to remain strong while facing the rising powers and evils currently coming from the East.
A skill Biden simply hasn’t learned yet, or something that he refuses to even try.
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