Biden administration warns of possible ‘provocations’ by China

Fox News reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departed from Taiwan on Wednesday just one day after she arrived.

While Pelosi’s time on the beleaguered island nation passed without violence, some observers say it could serve as a pretext for military action by China.   

China may use Pelosi visit to act

That was the message National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby conveyed on Monday.

“China appears to be positioning itself to potentially take further steps in the coming days and, perhaps, over a longer time horizon,” Kirby was quoted by Fox News as saying.

“These potential steps from China could include military provocations such as firing missiles in the Taiwan Strait or around Taiwan,” he went on to add.

Fox News also reported that Taiwan was hit with a cyber attack on Tuesday which caused a website devoted to the country’s president to go offline for approximately 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that China released a video earlier this week which boasted of how its armed forces are prepared for war.

Pelosi says U.S. opposed to “unilateral efforts to change the status quo” on Taiwan

For her party, the speaker issued a statement explaining that her trip demonstrated “America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.”

“Our visit is part of our broader trip to the Indo-Pacific — including Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan — focused on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance,” she continued.

“Our discussions with Taiwan leadership will focus on reaffirming our support for our partner and on promoting our shared interests, including advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the speaker remarked.

“America’s solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important today than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy,” she said.

Pelosi concluded by declaring, “Our visit is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances.  The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo.”

 

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