Recently, China has issued several stern warnings to the Biden administration regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rumored trip to Taiwan in August, as reported by the Financial Times.
According to the report, at least six different individuals noted that the warnings to the White House were significantly stronger than previous threats that the Biden administration has made in the past with regards to American actions taken regarding Taiwan.
China has long claimed Taiwan as part of its mainland.
The warnings from the Chinese have been interpreted by some to suggest that Pelosi’s visit may spark a military response from the Asian giant.
In recent months, China has been significantly amplifying military activity around Taiwan, aiming to elevate pressure on the island’s democratic government to accept the sovereignty of China.
However, Taiwan’s government has declared that its population of 23 million has the right to determine their own future, and the nation will not hesitate to defend itself if attacked.
While the report indicates that Pelosi will visit in August, China’s foreign ministry declared that any such visit would seriously undermine China’s territorial integrity.
President Joe Biden recently remarked that he intended to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the end of the month.
Thus far, Biden does not seem personally aware of the high stakes regarding Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan.
From his comments to the press, he also does not appear aware of whether or not she is even going to go.
“I think that the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” Biden blared to reporters, “but I don’t know what the status of it is.”
Thus far, neither the State Department nor the White House National Security Council has elected to comment on the report from the Financial Times. The foreign ministry in China also did not reply to a Reuters request for comment.