US OFFICIAL: NO PROOF THAT CHINSA IS GOING TO MAKE A TACTICAL MOVE AGAINST TAIWAN

No Proof That China Is Going To Make A Tactical Move Against Taiwan

US OFFICIAL: NO PROOF THAT CHINSA IS GOING TO MAKE A TACTICAL MOVE AGAINST TAIWAN
File photo: F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets take off from the USS Ronald Reagan cruising the South China Sea. (July 13, 2022)


White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Friday (July 29) that the United States has seen no evidence that China is about to take military action against Taiwan. He made the remarks when asked about a possible visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.


"(We) see no genuine and obvious sign that anything improper will occur as to Taiwan," Bryant told correspondents.

Tensions over Taiwan were at the top of the conversation Thursday between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.


China has continued to ramp up military operations around Taiwan in an attempt to put pressure on Taiwan and induce Taiwan's democratically elected government to accept China's sovereignty claims. The Taiwanese government says that only Taiwan's 23 million people can decide their future, and while Taiwan wants peace, it will defend itself if attacked.

File photo: John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council and former Pentagon spokesman


Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, ranks third in U.S. politics after President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. She signaled Friday that she will travel to Asia.


She Did Not Say Whether To Go To Taiwan

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She mentioned the importance of America's relationship with the Asia-Pacific, then said, "I'm excited about the countries you'll hear along the way, the conversations we'll have if we go to those countries...we have a global responsibility."


The White House Declined To Comment On Reports That Pelosi Will Travel To Taiwan:

"Where she goes and what she does, that depends on the speaker," Bryant told columnists. Kirby said U.S. officials saw bellicose rhetoric from China about Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan. "There's no requirement for that," he said. A U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity that the military has so far not sent additional warships or aircraft to areas near Taiwan.


 Asia-Pacific Region:

The United States already has a substantial military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, including around the South China Sea. A U.S. aircraft carrier is currently cruising the South China Sea.

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