Many Americans, especially Republicans and conservatives, have a default setting for Nancy Pelosi: if given the chance to do the right thing, she’ll choose the wrong thing—every time.
The Times, last week, “revealed that Pelosi had planned on visiting Taiwan.”
This may be another chance to do the right thing. But, according to the Financial Times, via SaraCarter.com, sources said, “China is elevating official warnings to the White House regarding recent admissions that… Pelosi will visit Taiwan in August….”
The Times believes the CCP’s “threats are significantly stronger than the previous warnings.” China claims Taiwan is one of its provinces. The U.S. largely but “unofficially” treats Taiwan as a sovereign nation, though there exist minutiae that cloud its international legal status. Still, Taiwan has at least 15 allies and its passport offers visa-free access to some 150 countries.
According to the BBC and others, during an informal meeting in Singapore, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe told U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, that China would have no choice but to “fight at any cost” to prevent Taiwan from being “divided” from China. Bejing is also unhappy the U.S. sells arms to the Taiwanese military.
The New York Post reported that the U.S. has acknowledged China’s claim on Taiwan but does not endorse it. FOX News said, “Pelosi has defended her… trip….”
The Chinese military has increased its operations around Taiwan, which Austin described as “provocative and destabilizing.”
The AP reported, “Taiwan’s capital staged air raid drills Monday and its military mobilized for routine defense exercises… over a forceful Chinese response to a possible visit… by… Pelosi.”
However, the Post reported Pelosi “has not confirmed, when, or even if, she will visit….”
And, in another sign of just how inept the Biden administration is, the Post wrote, “Administration officials are believed to be critical of a possible trip, both for the problematic timing and the lack of coordination with the White House.”
It’s hard to guess at Pelosi’s political game-playing. But if the right thing is to stand up for America against Chinese aggression by visiting Taiwan, then it’s unlikely Pelosi will visit.
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