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Biden says Pentagon thinks Pelosi’s Taiwan trip ‘not a good idea’ after China warns of ‘forceful measures’

Joe Biden has said Pentagon does not support Nancy Pelosi’s reported scheduled visit to Taiwan, a day after China warned of “forceful measures”.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday after getting down from Air Force One, Mr Biden said he is planning to speak to Chinese president Xi Jinping as he cast doubts over the fellow Democrat’s trip to Taiwan.

“I think that the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now, but I don’t know what the status of it is,” the president said when asked about the House Speaker’s potential visit.

“I think I’ll be talking to President Xi within the next 10 days,” he added while speaking briefly to reporters after returning from Massachusetts, where he addressed climate change issues.

Ms Pelosi would become the first highest-ranking American lawmaker in 25 years to visit Taiwan, a US ally, if it goes ahead as planned.

She was originally scheduled to visit the island nation in April but the trip was postponed after she tested positive for Covid-19.

On Tuesday, the Financial Times cited six people familiar with the details to report that Ms Pelosi would take a delegation to Taiwan to show support in August despite intensifying pressure from China..

Mr Biden’s response comes a day after China lashed out at the potential visit, saying Washington will be fully responsible for all consequences if the trip goes to plan.

Joe Biden speaking to Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, US on 15 November 2021 (REUTERS)

Joe Biden speaking to Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, US on 15 November 2021 (REUTERS)

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the trip will “have a severe negative impact on the political foundation of China-US relations, and send a gravely wrong signal to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces”.

“If the US insists on going down the wrong path, China will

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China Raises Stakes Over Pelosi Trip to Taiwan

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s potential plan to visit Taiwan during her trip to Asia in August has prompted a belligerent response from China, with the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry warning that Beijing would “act strongly to resolutely respond” and “take countermeasures” if Pelosi traveled to the island.

In a news conference on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian confirmed a report in the Financial Times over the weekend that said China’s warnings were “significantly stronger” over the House speaker’s potential visit than during the previous times it had been unhappy with U.S. policy toward Taiwan.

“The Chinese side has repeatedly made clear to the U.S. side our serious concern over Speaker Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan and our firm opposition to the visit,” he said. “We are fully prepared for any eventuality. If the U.S. side insists on making the visit, the Chinese side will take firm and strong measures to safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity. The U.S. must assume full responsibility for any serious consequence arising thereof.”

In statements to different news outlets on Monday, Joanne Ou, the spokesperson for Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry, said that while Taiwan always welcomes visits from U.S. lawmakers, the government had not yet received any “definite information” about a visit from Pelosi.

Tense relationship

Taiwan has long been a point of tension in the U.S.-China relationship. China claims the island democracy as part of its territory. While the U.S. nominally has a “one China” policy that recognizes both Taiwan and China as part of the same country, it maintains “strategic ambiguity” in its relations with them.

The U.S. has official diplomatic relations with mainland China only; however, it maintains unofficial relations with the government in Taipei, to which it supplies military aid and weapons.

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has

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