Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan transcends Chinese military threats

Despite the rhetoric, Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan – part of a congressional trip to four Asian countries – suggests that both sides have reluctantly reached a compromise that allows it to move forward while mitigating the potential for miscalculation at a time of heightened bilateral tensions. “Part of our responsibility is to make sure she can travel freely and safely, and I can assure you that she will,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Monday.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the military are in talks … to make sure that there is no accident that could happen,” Rhett said. Commanding Sgt. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dennis Fritz, director of the Eisenhower Media Network.

Such bilateral military discussions, although not confirmed, are likely to occur alongside diplomatic outreach to ensure Beijing has sufficient clarity about Pelosi’s trip to reduce the potential for serious misinterpretation of US intentions.

“Before arriving in Taiwan, the United States will pass on detailed information about Speaker Pelosi’s flight plans to the Chinese military,” said Craig Singleton, senior China fellow at the nonprofit Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “U.S. officials will also send a message, both publicly and privately, to the very limited goals of the trip and Washington’s continued commitment to the ‘one China’ policy… [and] Working to shape and downplay the media coverage surrounding the trip.

Pelosi said earlier this month that the US Department of Defense had hinted that her plane would “go down” if her visit went ahead.

President Joe Biden amplified these concerns when he stated earlier this month that the US military assessment of the proposed trip was “it’s not a good idea right now.”

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman SNR. Colonel. Tan Kefe raised those concerns when he warned last week that Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island would lead to “further escalation of tension across the Taiwan Strait.” The congressional official said US officials have concluded in recent days that China’s aggressiveness is a tactic of intimidation.

This rhetoric reflects the Chinese government’s efforts to roll back established standards of American engagement with the autonomous island. US Congressional delegation visits to Taiwan are routine and US law – the Taiwan Travel Act of 2018 – authorizes “officials at all levels of the United States government… to meet with their Taiwanese counterparts”.

But the CPC regards “reunification with Taiwan,” a region that the CPC has never ruled, as a “historic mission.” Chinese President Xi Jinping has ramped up pressure on the island with a relentless campaign of hostility since the election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016. From the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

This hard-line policy toward Taiwan is key to Xi’s credibility as he seeks an unprecedented third term as China’s leader this fall. Earlier this month, Liu Jieyi said, The director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, described “national reunification” – Beijing’s shorthand for seizing Taiwan – as an “inevitable requirement” of Xi’s hard-line “national re-young” policy.

“The somewhat aggressive statements that we have received from China over the past few weeks may be more domestic than international [consumption] The Chinese leadership cannot be seen as retreating in any way or form. Vice Admiral. Robert P. Morett, Professor of Practice at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. “President Xi cannot be seen as backing away from what could be seen as a challenge through the speaker’s visit to Taiwan and, at the same time, politically, [Biden] The administration can’t be seen as holding back either.”

Beijing backed its criticism of Pelosi’s travel plans with “live-fire exercises” on Saturday off the coast of Fujian, opposite Taiwan. In the run-up to Pelosi’s arrival in Taiwan, China’s Maritime Safety Administration warned on Monday – the politically sensitive 95th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army – of an additional five days of military exercises in the region beginning on Tuesday.

However, these exercises should not jeopardize Pelosi’s visit. But the PLA is expected to show some muscle in the Taiwan Strait – something Chinese state media can broadcast as a symbol of Xi’s iron resolve – projecting its influence over Taiwan without risking a military confrontation.

Air Force aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army [could shadow] “Its trip to Taiwan or outside … But there will be no interaction,” Morett said. Airplanes of countries that are not friendly to each other [shadow] each other all the time… and they are usually dealt with very effectively.”

Pelosi’s visit is sure to fuel the Chinese government’s suspicions about US policy toward Taiwan and may prompt a long-term intensification of the island’s ongoing military intimidation.

“I think there will be some form of revenge,” Fritz said. “You will see more [PLA] Live-fire exercises – you will be more active, no doubt.”

Andrew Desiderio, Alexander Ward and Matt Berg contributed to this report.

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