Biden Warns Pelosi About Her Potential Trip to Taiwan, as China Threatens ‘Strong Measures’ – Opinion

Nancy Pelosi, D-CA House Speaker, stated Thursday that President Biden hadn’t spoken with her directly about a Taiwan trip.

Biden did not warn Pelosi directly, but he commented on the possible trip Wednesday. Biden mentioned that the Pentagon was trying to prevent Taiwanese from visiting because of concerns about China’s backlash. Biden said:

“The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now … but I don’t know what the status of it is.”

Pelosi didn’t say whether or not the trip was actually taking place.

“You never even hear me say if I’m going to London, because it is a security issue,” she said — while suggesting the Pentagon’s concern is that Beijing would attack her plane, rather than allow it to land in Taipei.

“I think what the president was saying is that maybe the military was afraid that our plane would get shot down, or something like that, by the Chinese ,,, I don’t know exactly. I didn’t see it. I didn’t hear it.”

Pelosi stated that Biden hadn’t told her specifically to cancel her Taiwan trip.

“You’re telling me and I heard it anecdotally … But I haven’t heard it from the president.”

It is worth noting that Pelosi’s scheduled trip to Taiwan caught the attention of Chinese leaders fairly quickly. These leaders warn of severe repercussions for Pelosi if she continues with her trip.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said:

“If the United States insists on having its own way, China will take strong measures in response to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity … All possible consequences that arise from this will completely be borne by the U.S. side.”

Zhao said that Pelosi could visit the country and he would be:

“Severely undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely impact the foundation of China-U.S. relations and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces,”

Pelosi underlined the importance to demonstrate the U.S. back of Taiwan and downplayed the significance of the visit. According to The Hill, Pelosi stated:

“I think that it’s important for us to show support for Taiwan … I also think that we have — none of us has ever said we’re for independence when it comes to Taiwan. That’s up to Taiwan to decide.”

The Hill pointed out that, should the official trip take place, it will be the first House Speaker to visit Taiwan since 1997, when Newt Geingrich (R. GA) visited Taiwan.

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