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Experts spoke about the likelihood of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is unlikely to visit Taiwan in August, as some media reported earlier. Beijing has made it clear that such a trip would have serious consequences, and US President Joe Biden is now not interested in exacerbating US-China relations.

“My hunch is that Pelosi is unlikely to visit Taiwan next month given the serious implications that such a move would entail. Beijing has made this clear to Washington. Biden does not want a serious crisis with China at the moment, since his “menu” is already full of acute problems at home and abroad,” Wu Xinbo, director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, told Izvestia.

Evans Chen, an expert at the Taiwan Institute for National Defense and Security Studies, in turn, believes that the US presidential administration does not want to increase tension or a larger confrontation in the Taiwan Strait amid preparations for a telephone conversation between US President and Xi Jinping, which should take place in the coming days. .

“But while the US and China may still want to maintain a dialogue between their top government officials, both should know that answering the phone is not enough to improve their relationship. For the United States, a congressman’s visit to Taiwan or other key officials to be sent there is a more appropriate diplomatic solution than a military one,” he said.

Chen added that for Taiwan, Pelosi’s visit will be a very strong signal of support for the island and is therefore highly welcomed by Taipei. The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress was going to Taiwan in April, but then the visit was postponed indefinitely due to the fact that the Congresswoman contracted the coronavirus. This time, her administration decided not to confirm or deny the possibility of a trip to the island.

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