Despite ongoing violent threats from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), as well as its propagandists, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on August 2.
Upon her arrival in Taiwan, Pelosi released a public statement, praising Taiwan and the US for maintaining their common dedication to democratic principles in the face of hardship.
In the release, Pelosi stated the trip to Taiwan “honors America’s unshakable commitment to assisting Taiwan’s thriving democracy.”
Reiterating our backing for our partner and pushing our common interests, such as creating an open and democratic Indo-Pacific area, will be the main topics of our conversations with Taiwan’s leaders.
The United States’ support for Taiwan’s 23 million citizens is more crucial than ever right now, as the globe must choose between despotism and freedom.
Pelosi also underlined the United States will maintain the status quo and would not alter its long-standing position on ties between China and Taiwan.
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The House Speaker will also go to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, as well as Japan, during her multi-nation trip to East Asia.
US Unconcerned by Chinese Threats
Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan had been planned since at least April when she scheduled to travel to Taipei, but was prevented from doing so by a last-minute COVID-19 infection.
Since then, the CCP used the trip as a kind of war cry, threatening Taiwan and the US with a succession of more bellicose actions.
President Biden received the following message from CCP leader Xi Jinping last week: “Playing with fire would set you on fire.”
Similar to this, state-owned news in China published a number of aggressive and occasionally violent messages about the trip on social networks. The Chinese military was specifically urged to take down Pelosi’s jet.
Senior director of China’s government Global Times Xijin Hu tweeted, “If US fighter planes escort Pelosi’s plane into Taipei, it is invading.”
— William Yang (@WilliamYang120) August 2, 2022
The warnings are in line with Beijing’s previous pattern of raising rhetoric as it tries to pressure the United States into changing its foreign policy without any diplomatic interaction.
China’s military minister said in May that the government would “not refuse to initiate a war at any cost” in order to stop Taiwan from receiving more global recognition.
The majority of the time, American leadership has handled the threats calmly. John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council reaffirmed the nation’s position on Taiwan on Monday.
Simply put, Beijing has no motive to escalate an uncomplicated visit that is in line with long-standing U.S. policy into the catastrophe or war.
There is also no motive for the communist regime to use it as an excuse to expand provocative military operations in or near the Taiwan Strait, according to Kirby.