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The United States is making sure it is prepared for China’s response to Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan



National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday the United States stands ready to handle China’s response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

“We have said that we are opposed to any unilateral change in the ‘status quo’ by either party. We have said that we do not support Taiwan’s independence (…) The United States will not and will not, is not seeking and does not want a crisis. But we are ready to deal with whatever Beijing decides,” Kirby said, according to a White House statement.

The National Security Council communications coordinator has reiterated that the United States hopes to resolve its differences with China through “peaceful means,” stressing that he does not believe Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan violates the “one China” principle. .

“To be clear, the President’s visit is fully in line with our longstanding ‘One China’ policy. We have made it very clear that our policy, which is of course subject to the Foreign Relations Act, has not changed. with Taiwan,” Kirby explained, stressing that they are not engaging in “saber rattling.”

Asked about the danger of the actions announced by the Asian giant in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Kirby admitted that the reactions “unfortunately” matched what the United States had expected.

In this vein, he has urged China not to use Pelosi’s visit as an excuse to increase aggressiveness and military activity across the Taiwan Strait.

In addition, Kirby has warned of the measures the Chinese government could take in the long term, including large-scale live fire military exercises, as expected by US authorities.

“They already started doing some of that today by flying in Taiwanese airspace. They also used economic coercion, which is exactly what we expected,” he added.

Relations between China and Taiwan were suspended in 1949 after forces of the Chinese nationalist Kuomintang Party, led by Chiang Kai Shek, suffered defeat by the Chinese Communist Party in the civil war and moved to the island of Taiwan.

The Asian giant regards Taiwan as its rebel province, although the island has declared independence and enjoys the backing of the United States and the European Union.

Because of this, Pelosi’s visit to Beijing Island did not please him. So much so that he has repeatedly warned that China would take “forceful” action if Pelosi finally landed in Taiwan.


Source europapress.es

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