WASHINGTON – The United States warned China on Monday not to respond Speaker Nancy Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan Despite attempts by U.S. officials to reassure Beijing that such a visit would not be the first and would not represent any change in policy in the region, they would still engage in military provocation.
John F. Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said tensions escalated as Pelosi traveled across Asia and the administration was concerned that China could fire missiles into the Taiwan Strait to send warplanes into Taiwan’s air defenses area or stage. Large-scale sea and air activities across the middle line of the central strait.
“There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with long-term U.S. policy into some kind of crisis, or use it as an excuse to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” Kirby said at a White House briefing. “At the same time, ,” he added, “our actions are not threatening or breaking new ground. This potential visit — a potential visit — has precedents, by the way, and won’t change the status quo.”
Mr Kirby did not say whether U.S. intelligence agencies had found any specific indications of Chinese action, but he outlined a possible U.S. response with unusual specificity.White House officials privately express concern Ms Pelosi’s visit will set off a dangerous cycle of escalation in Asia, at a time when Washington is already busy helping Ukraine counter Russian aggression.
In fact, after the White House announced an additional $550 million in weapons to Ukraine, bringing the total to more than $8 billion since the invasion began in February, he touched on the Taiwan friction and underscored the extent of America’s military-industrial capabilities. Invest in European wars.
Ms Pelosi, a longtime China hawk, did not confirm her plans to visit Taiwan even though she stopped in Singapore on Monday, but all indications are that she will stop on the self-governing island without prior notice. She had planned to visit Taiwan in April but canceled the trip after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Mr Kirby said U.S. officials did not necessarily expect a Chinese attack in response, but warned that a possible display of military force could falsely spark conflict. “It does increase the risk of miscalculation, which can lead to unintended consequences,” Mr Kirby said.
He seems particularly keen to send a message to Beijing that it should not see any visit by Ms. Pelosi as a new provocation for the United States, as she would not be the first speaker to go there; in 1997, Speaker Newt · Gingrich stopped in Taiwan. Mr. Kirby also repeatedly stressed that the United States still adheres to the one-China policy of not recognizing Taiwan’s independence.
“We’ve made it very clear whether or not she goes – if she does – it’s not unprecedented,” he said. “It’s not new. It’s not going to change anything.”