House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has a potential trip planned to Taiwan for August, which has brought on criticism from both Beijing and the Biden administration, creating political tension on all sides.
“We are seriously prepared,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Sunday, The New York Post reported.
“If the U.S. side is bent on going its own way, China will take strong measures to resolutely respond and counteract,” Lijian continued. “The United States should be held responsible for any serious consequences.”
China has reportedly warned the White House in private about the California Democrat’s trip, and how it could lead to a military response.
Taiwanese military units conducted the annual Han Kuang drills on Monday, which included joint sea and land exercises — along with the mobilization of tanks and military personnel, according to TIME Magazine.
American leaders must remain strong in the face of growing evil that continues to rise from the East if they wish to have any authority beyond its current borders. However, the Commander-in-Chief disagrees with this sentiment.
“The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” President Joe Biden said on Wednesday, per Politico. “But I don’t know what the status of it is.”
Pelosi stated Thursday that some officials fear 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.”
As tensions between China and Taiwan continue to reach a fever pitch, the Speaker should show resolve and not be bullied by an overambitious adversary wishing to usurp U.S. dominance in the region.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley warned on Sunday — during a visit to Indonesia — that the People’s Liberation Army is getting “significantly” more aggressive, as reported by The Financial Times.
“The message is the Chinese military, in the air and at sea, have become significantly more and noticeably more aggressive in this particular region,” the General argued.
While the Chinese Communist Party continues to pressure Taiwan and the United States in the region and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the U.S. policy of strategic ambiguity, a policy that affirms Beijing’s claim to Taiwan without endorsing it, has begun to be questioned by some — like former Trump Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who claimed it has “outlived its usefulness.”
With Taiwan and American interests repeatedly under threat in the Pacific, the White House might want to reconsider backing down and let Speaker Pelosi just enjoy her trip.
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