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NBC cites ‘personal circumstances’ as reason for US senator’s refusal to visit Taiwan

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US House of Representatives Republican Michael McCall turned down an invitation to visit the island of Taiwan with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. This was reported by NBC News on July 27.

According to the publication, the Republican declined the visit due to “personal obligations.” The congressman also believes that any representative of the US authorities can go to the island if they wish.

Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan was originally scheduled for April. Her visit could be the first visit to the island since 1997. However, Pelosi’s visit was later postponed due to a positive coronavirus test.

As specified in the NBC publication, Pelosi’s decision provoked a split, as the administration of US President Joe Biden considered the timing of her visit inappropriate and expressed concern about Beijing’s reaction. So, CNN reported that Pelosi received a warning from the presidential administration. She herself has not yet officially announced the upcoming visit.

According to the director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, Wu Xinbo, Beijing’s extremely negative reaction will force her to abandon the trip under pressure from Joe Biden, who does not want a confrontation with China.

The day before, the Chinese Ministry of Defense promised a tough response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which Beijing considers its territory. Department spokesman Tan Kefei said that “the Chinese army will not quietly watch this.” Among the response measures, in particular, in China, they thought about creating a no-fly zone.

As reported on July 27, the Pentagon may deploy additional forces and resources in the region in the event of a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

Official relations between the Chinese government and its island province broke down in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in a civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. The US openly supports the Taiwan authorities.

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