July 27 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, has invited a group of lawmakers on Wednesday to a possible official trip to Taiwan amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing.
The main Democratic leader in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, Michael McCaul, has assured that both he and the representative for New York, Gregory Meeks, have received an invitation from Pelosi, according to the NBC network.
However, McCaul has confirmed, through his spokesperson, Leslie Shedd, that he will not be able to travel to Taipei — a move that has not been officially confirmed by Pelosi’s office — due to a previous commitment, confirmed his spokesperson, according to ‘The Hill’.
Asked if the possible visit of the president of the House of Commons to Taiwan, the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, has affirmed that it is “a real issue”, since legislators of both parties are insisting on carry out the visit alluding to the fact that, if it were not done, it would be “a victory” for China.
It must be remembered that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has indicated that the Pentagon does not support the idea of Pelosi traveling to the island, an issue that would cause an increase in tension with the Asian giant.
On Tuesday afternoon, the spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry, Tan Kefei, warned that the Chinese Army will not sit idly by in the face of Pelosi’s possible visit to the island and will act immediately to “undermine any foreign interference or pro-independence scenario”.
Pelosi’s possible trip highlights concerns within the Biden administration about China’s plans in Taiwan, as Beijing has stepped up its aggressive moves in recent months. In addition, US officials have expressed concern that such moves will lead Beijing to assert its authority over the island.
China considers Taiwan a rogue province, despite the fact that the island has declared its independence and has the support of the United States and the EU. In this context, Pelosi’s possible visit, which could take place in August, would have a historic scope because she would be the first president of the Lower House of the United States Congress to travel to Taiwan since Republican Newt Gingrich in 1997.