Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rumoured plan for trip to Taiwan infuriates China, left White House with serious geopolitical headache.
Written by News Room on July 27, 2022
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rumoured plan for a trip to Taiwan has infuriated China and left the White House with a serious geopolitical headache.
China has warned of “serious consequences” if Mrs Pelosi were to proceed with her visit.
Second in line to the presidency, Mrs Pelosi would be the highest ranking US politician to travel to the island since 1997.
This rankles China, which sees self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province that must become a part of the country. Beijing has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve this.
Even the Biden administration has reportedly tried to dissuade the California Democrat from going.
Last week, President Joe Biden told reporters “the military thinks it’s not a good idea”, but his White House has called Chinese rhetoric against any such trip “clearly unhelpful and not necessary”.
While the US maintains what is calls a “robust, unofficial relationship” with Taiwan, it has formal diplomatic ties with China, and not Taiwan.
Ms Pelosi’s trip, if it were to happen, also comes amid increased tensions between Washington and Beijing – and ahead of a much anticipated phone call between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.