No matter where she goes Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will catch some flak for her decision-making while there. While normally just a pitfall of the job (or a perk depending on your perception), for her in this situation it could prove to be disastrous for not only her political career but for Taiwan and possibly the US altogether.
While speaking at a press conference on July 20th, China spokesman Zhao Lijian gave his comments on Pelosi’s visit. “If Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan, it would seriously violate the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiqués and harm China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will have a severe negative impact on the political foundation of China-US relations and send a gravely wrong signal to “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. China firmly opposes such a visit.”
Condemning her visit is bad enough, but Zhao also covered how China would respond to such provocation was incredibly clear as well. “We urge the US side to adhere to the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiqués. The US must not arrange for Speaker Pelosi to visit the Taiwan region and must stop official interactions with Taiwan, stop creating factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and follow through on the US’s commitment of not supporting “Taiwan independence” …The US must assume full responsibility for any ensuing consequences.
Given the nature of China’s claim to Taiwan and any territory neat it a part of their empire, Pelosi has a chance to grab the dragon by the tail while there. The problem is this is a sleeping dragon that has been in rather peaceful slumber for decades now. Much like the bully that’s been on good behavior while the teacher is looking, they are devising a plan to make their attack when provoked or the perfect opportunity presents itself.
This visit could prove to be that provocation. As for the opportunity, the US is rather ripe for the attack now. Due to President Biden’s horrifically misguided policies, we are depleted militarily due to the COVID vaccine requirement. Many of the US-based food production and processing plants are incurring problems with fires, staying staffed, and getting in the proper supplies. Liberal “woke” policies have Americans going after one another, and our economy is in a bit of a tailspin due to this recession.
Needless to say, this would be one of the more strategically advantageous times for that dragon to wake up and bring the fight to us. While that certainly could trigger WWIII, this is a clear time for the risk to be at its highest, and Pelosi is fully aware of this risk. Despite that risk though, she is fully prepared to go forward with her visit to Taiwan and to act like she has no fear.
Fear is the one thing she should pack in her carry-on. While the US bends the knee to no man or empire, we should not be foolish enough to believe that we are untouchable. Especially with China already controlling a sizeable portion of US debt. As strong as our military was, this pandemic wiped out our numbers, and people like this half-brained Pelosi could easily change how the course of history goes simply because she is ignorant.
China previously warned her before her last planned trip back in April to Asia. After coming down with COVID she postponed the trip, and Taiwan has remained on that agenda ever since. As much as countries like North Korea tend to bluff and then do little to nothing in response to our actions, China hasn’t been presented with an opportunity to back up its words. Is right now truly the best time to test that; especially with Biden in office?