Nancy Pelosi is headed for Taiwan, and may arrive there tomorrow, despite Chinese objections and undefined threats of retaliation if she does.
Many in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, say she should ignore the warnings. The Chinese don’t get to determine where the U.S. Speaker of the House can travel, they say.
But the Chinese government says that Taiwan is part of China, and the U.S. government has never explicitly denied this. This is a red line for China. For them, saying the Chinese government has no say over who visits Taiwan is like saying the U.S. government has no say over who visits Puerto Rico or Hawaii.
President Xi Jinping told President Biden on Thursday that, for China, this is a red line that must not be crossed. The Global Times, a semi-official Chinese newspaper, wrote this:
“Don’t say we didn’t warn you!” – a phrase that was used…
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