Pelosi’s Taiwan trip raises U.S.-China tensions
August 2, 2022 - Taiwan is bracing for a potential show of force from China as the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit the island. The White House, which has not backed the visit, has said that it would not be intimidated by Chinese “sabre rattling.”
Provocations could include firing missiles near Taiwan, or large-scale air or naval activities, U.S. National Security Council coordinator John Kirby said.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said in a statement it has a full grasp of the military activities and will appropriately dispatch forces in reaction to any “enemy threats”.
Taiwan is a self-ruled island, but claimed by China, which sees it as a breakaway province. Beijing has warned of "serious consequences" if Mrs Pelosi visits.