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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday refused to acknowledge any role in China’s aggressive response to her trip to Taiwan and said Chinese President Xi Jinping “acts like a bully” and “has his own insecurities.” .
Beijing has aggressively increased its military activity around Taiwan in the week following Pelosi’s visit by launching ballistic missiles and crossing the unofficial border it shares with Taipei while conducting mock air strikes and naval.
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But Pelosi dismissed the accusation that his trip played a role in increasing military exercises and told NBC’s “Today” show: “We’re not going to let China isolate Taiwan.”
The speaker also pointed to an unannounced trip in April that a bipartisan group of senators took to Taipei and asked, “If they can ignore a trip of five senators…why would they decide on my trip that it would be different ?
NBC’s Savannah Guthrie pushed back on the timing of the largely ‘symbolic’ trip and noted the Biden administration’s continued efforts to ensure China doesn’t align itself more closely with Russia amid Moscow’s deadly war. in Europe.
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“Well, it may seem symbolic to you, but for us it was very important to listen to people in the region about our full program,” she said. “But also, not to say we’re not going to Taiwan because the Chinese might act.
The speaker also said the trip had been pushed back due to the coronavirus.
Pelosi claimed China had “closed down a lot of things,” including high-level administrative issues like climate change, and said her trip had “strong bipartisan support” on the Hill.
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The speaker said she would not allow China to dictate Congress’ travel plans and said, “Congress can show support for countries and democracies that are our friends. And according to the Taiwan Policy Act, Taiwan is our friend.”
“We didn’t go there to change our policy. We still support the one-China policy,” she said. “We’re going there to recognize that the status quo is what our policy is. There was nothing disruptive about that.”