In July media reported that Nancy Pelosi was the House Speaker and would head a congressional delegation visiting Taiwan (also known as Republic of China). She will be the first speaker to visit China since 1997 Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan in the next month in support of Taipei, which is under increasing pressure from China. This would be Nancy’s first ever trip to Taiwan by a US House Speaker in over 25 years.
Six people familiar with the situation said Pelosi would take a delegation to Taiwan in August. After she was diagnosed with Covid-19, the 82-year old California lawmaker cancelled her April visit.
Pelosi would be the most senior US lawmaker to visit the island since one of her predecessors as Speaker, Republican Newt Gingrich, travelled there in 1997.
Her visit will come as US-China relations remain mired in their worst state since the countries normalised diplomatic relations in 1979 and Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
China doesn’t like it, obviously. China is never happy with any US action that doesn’t involve our national humiliation and a rousing bout of coprophagy by our elected leaders; it has called the trip a “malicious provocation.”
Joe Biden has whined that the Pentagon does not support Pelosi’s trip.
“The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” he told reporters on Wednesday evening.
The White House did not respond to a question about who in the military — defence secretary Lloyd Austin or General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs — held that view.
A source familiar with the matter said that the military had provided multiple briefings. “Traditionally, the military only lays out risks and costs associated,” he said.
China is making an appearance as they get closer to the destination.
“We have repeatedly made clear our firm opposition to speaker Pelosi’s…visit to Taiwan. If the US insists on…challenging china’s red line, it will be met with resolute countermeasures. The US must ensure full responsibility for any serious consequence arising thereof.” pic.twitter.com/1gV59GwRtF
— Fiorella Isabel (@FiorellaIsabelM) July 27, 2022
PLA will not sit idly by if Pelosi visits Taiwan island, Chinese defense ministry warns; indicating PLA ‘fully prepared’ for all scenarios. news.Globaltimes pic.twitter.com/FNtmryfi6s
— Zhang Meifang张美芳 (@CGMeifangZhang) July 27, 2022
According to media outlets, The South China Morning Post tells us that it isn’t just another mouthpiece of the government.
Beijing stated it already would accept “forceful measures” and its military “won’t turn a blind eye” if Pelosi went ahead with the trip. Chinese military watchers said Beijing might deploy aircraft carriers and announce a no-fly zone and a restricted navigation zone for military exercises near the Taiwan Strait, which would force Pelosi’s aircraft to make a detour.
The outcry of China and cuckified foreign-policy mavens is not a surprise (see Foreign Policy for this gem). What Does Nancy Pelosi Think She’s Doing in Taiwan?Pelosi invites Democrats as well as Republicans to come along.
I’m not a fan of Nancy Pelosi, but she’s right.
China is the key ally of America and it is important that we show our support for them in these times of increased threats from the ChiComs. Pelosi’s visit to China might be one of the very few things most members of Congress can agree on. This might sound exaggerated, since Eric Swalwell has not yet been asked his opinion. The FoxNews appearance of the Republic of China’s previous Speaker hits the right note.
Mitch McConnell echos the sentiment, stating that Pelosi should back out now to give China propaganda victories.
I guess losing two wars in as many decades can make people cautious, but we can’t mope our way into the future scared sh**less of what China or Russia or Iran or heaven-knows-who thinks. China is an example of this. China is an expansionist, aggressive power and wants us to leave the Western Pacific. It is best to defend our nation’s rights and privileges. Our leaders can visit our allies whenever they wish; they don’t need permission. International waters allow our ships to travel wherever they wish. These are the basic principles that we should agree upon. If we can’t, we might as well fold right now.