Pelosi to visit Taiwan – CNN — Analysis
According to news networks, the US’ top diplomat will stay overnight in Taipei
CNN confirmed that Nancy Pelosi, the US House Speaker, will visit Taiwan this week. This is despite Beijing’s objections.
A Taiwanese official said that Pelosi is expected to spend the night in Taiwan, but didn’t offer any details about the time of her expected arrival. The Pentagon, according to an American official was “working around the clock”for speaker safety. They spoke under the condition of anonymity.
The official itinerary of Pelosi’s Asia-Pacific tour didn’t mention Taiwan, but there has been much speculation that she may make a stop there. According to local news sources, reservations were made Tuesday for the American congressional delegation at Taipei’s five-star Hotel.
Chinese officials have warned the US against the potential visit, saying it would undermine the ‘One China’ policy that lays Beijing’s claim on the island as part of a sole Chinese nation. The US is “playing with fire”Beijing suggested that it could be burned.
The Chinese military said it was on standby to defend the country’s territorial integrity from separatism, which Washington encourages, according to China’s view of the US policy on Taiwan. The People’s Liberation Army launched a military exercise near Taiwan as Pelosi departed on her trip last weekend.
CNN claims that Pelosi was warned by the White House not to go to Taiwan. However, it made public statements regarding its inability to provide advice for a top lawmaker as to what they should do.
Pelosi is an outspoken critic of China. In 1991, she and two other members of the US Congress infamously parted ways with the American delegation to stage a protest in Tiananmen Square – which journalist Mike Chinoy described in a recent opinion piece as a move that was “designed to poke China’s communist rulers in the eye”His arrest was the result.
CNN sources appear to have tried to distance the administration of US President Joe Biden from Pelosi’s actions. According to the report, US officials were concerned about Chinese leaders. “doesn’t completely grasp the political dynamics”These are the results of Washington’s separation of power.
This may be due to the Chinese alleged inability to understand the basic principles of American politics. “a misunderstanding over the significance of Pelosi’s potential visit,”CNN reported.
Network acknowledged the possibility of a visit. “high-profile,”Consider that after Vice President Kamala Harir, the Speaker of the House of Representatives comes third in line of succession to the US presidency.
Taiwan is self-governed from the 1940s when it became the last stronghold for Chinese nationalist forces after they lost a civil battle against communists. In 1979, the US changed its diplomatic recognition from Beijing to Taiwan, while maintaining unofficial relations with Taipei. This allowed Taiwan to purchase advanced American weapons, and to engage in lucrative economic cooperation.
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