Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan: A Risky Provocation for Sino-US Relations

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (left) with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taiwan’s capital late Tuesday (2/8). (Source: TAIWAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS)

They call on the US to follow through on its promises, really abide by the one-China principle and the three joint communiques of China and the US, and cooperate with China to adamantly oppose and control “Taiwan independence”. 

When a reporter compared Pelosi’s upcoming trip to Taiwan with that of the then-US House Speaker in 1997, Ambassador Zhang Jun said that the US’s past faults cannot be used as justification for future errors. The situation on the island of Taiwan has changed negatively during the past several years as a result of foreign pressures, and the “Taiwan independence” forces have continued to move in the wrong direction. 

The situation is likely to spiral out of control if the “Taiwan independence” forces are not controlled promptly. The Chinese people and government will take all necessary steps to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

Third-party factors such as US allies should not be brought up while addressing Taiwan. The US military drills will continue if there is no Taiwan issue. The Indo-Pacific area is the United States’ strategic priority, and China is its unique challenge and opponent. Blinken recommended investment, synergy, and competitiveness while introducing the United States’ China approach. Synergy is defined as working together with allies. Military cooperation between the US and its allies, especially military drills, should be a regular occurrence that causes instability in the area. 

However, on the Taiwan issue, they must continue to focus on the United States as the primary root cause and avoid involving American allies in the debate. At the same time, the United States’ allies are not uniform on the Taiwan issue. The stances of Japan and the US are closer, but other US allies in Asia, such as the Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea, have their own positions. Meanwhile, Indonesia will continue to follow a one-China policy, albeit it would be allowed to keep commercial and trade ties with Taiwan. 

Pelosi’s invitation from Taiwanese officials was revoked, but she took the initiative to question 

According to sources acquainted with the situation, Pelosi was discouraged from visiting Taiwan by the White House and the military on August 2nd. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities then covertly rescinded Pelosi’s invitation, but this attracted Pelosi’s ire. Just on setting up the reception. 

Five Democratic lawmakers were part of the group that Pelosi headed. There were excursions after arriving in Singapore on August 1st to Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, but the excursion to Taiwan’s “Hidden Edition” garnered the most media interest. More and more evidence indicated that Pelosi and others would fly in on a US Air Force jet between 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on August 2 and spend the night in Taipei.