(NewsReady.com) – China’s communist regime is notorious for controlling the lives of its own citizens. Now, it’s trying to tell US politicians what to do, too. Beijing seems to think it has a veto on the travel plans of US lawmakers – will the Biden administration tell the Communists they’re wrong?
China warned it would take strong measures if U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan and said such a visit would severely impact Chinese-U.S. relations, following media reports she would go next week https://t.co/dlTpz2qJFm
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 7, 2022
Last week, Asian news agencies reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is planning to visit Taiwan after a trip to Japan this weekend. So far, neither the Taiwanese government nor Pelosi’s office has confirmed the reports, but the Chinese Communist Party is reportedly already squawking in protest.
Taiwan has never been part of the People’s Republic of China, but the Communists insist it’s part of their country and regularly complain about any official contact between the Democratic nation and the US. Since President Joe Biden took office, Beijing has ramped up its pressure on Taiwan, with Chinese warplanes violating Taiwanese airspace on dozens of occasions. Now, Beijing says that if Pelosi visits Taipei, China will take “strong measures” to “defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
On April 7, communist spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that Pelosi should cancel the trip to avoid consequences. Later that same day, she tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled her Asian trip, rendering the threats moot.
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