White House Warns China Not To Use Pelosi Visit To Taiwan As Excuse To Escalate Tensions

by | Aug 1, 2022 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s White House warned China on Monday not to use House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s likely visit to Taiwan to escalate tensions with the United States or the island that considers itself an independent nation.“There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with long-standing U.S. policy into some sort of crisis or conflict or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” said John Kirby, the coordinator for strategic communications with the White House National Security Council, during a White House briefing room appearance. “And yet over the weekend, even before Speaker Pelosi arrived in the region, China conducted a live fire exercise.”AdvertisementKirby said Pelosi’s potential stop there during her ongoing Asia trip was no different from previous visits of other top congressional leaders and that China’s leaders need to understand the U.S. system of separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.“Nothing about this potential visit — potential visit, which by the way, has precedent — would change the status quo, and the world should reject any PRC effort to use it to do so,” he said, referring to the People’s Republic of China. “We will not take the bait or engage in saber-rattling. At the same time, we will not be intimidated. We will keep operating in the seas and the skies of the Western Pacific as we have for decades.”Kirby acknowledged that Pelosi is traveling aboard a plane ultimately under the control of Biden in …

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