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States will do everything to keep Pelosi safe in Taiwan

The United States will make every effort to ensure that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is safe.

John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the US National Security Council, said this at a briefing at the White House, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“We are of course watching her visit, as we always do with other members of Congress. And we will take all appropriate measures to ensure the safety of her movement in the region,” the White House spokesman said.

He noted that “the speaker has the right to visit Taiwan,” and she has done so before without incident, as have many other members of Congress over the years.

Kirby stressed that the speaker’s visit is fully in line with the one-China policy pursued by the United States: “We make it clear that there has been no change in this.” He also noted that Washington opposes any unilateral change in this status quo and does not seek independence. Taiwan.

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“We expect the differences to be resolved peacefully. We talked about this directly with the PRC at the highest levels, including in a phone call last week between Presidents Biden and Xi,” Kirby said.

At the same time, according to him, sharp statements continue to be heard from the Chinese side.

“There is no reason for Beijing to turn this visit, in line with long-standing US policy, into a crisis of sorts or use it as an excuse to increase aggression and military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” the White House spokesman said.

He also noted that given the rhetoric of the Chinese leadership, Washington expects that Beijing will continue to respond to the visit over the long term.

“I cannot give you a specific time frame for this prospect, but we can expect this reaction even after her (Pelosi. – Ed.) visit,” explained a representative of the US presidential administration.

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In this regard, he noted that the PRC could announce additional large-scale exercises, continue flights of combat aircraft beyond the demarcation line, as well as possible measures of economic pressure.

As Ukrinform reported, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi, who is considered the third person in the structure of US government, arrived in Taiwan on a visit despite China’s threats about “consequences” for the US. AT official statement on this occasion, Speaker Pelosi emphasized that Washington is not trying to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait or back away from the policy of recognizing one China, but will continue to support democracy in Taiwan.

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