US says Pelosi's Taiwan trip 'no reason' for China to escalate tensions

US says Pelosi's Taiwan trip 'no reason' for China to escalate tensions

15 days ago

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration strongly defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan on Tuesday amid China's ongoing fiery response, saying the trip is consistent with longstanding United States policy and is "no reason" for Beijing to further escalate tensions. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the Chinese response thus far has been "unfortunately right in line with what we had anticipated," noting Washington expects China to be preparing to "react over a longer-term horizon," reported Anadolu Agency. Some of the actions the US expects China to take include additional large-scale military exercises, carrying out flights across the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait "and using economic coercion.""There's no reason for China to take what is perfectly legitimate and consistent travel by the speaker of the House and turn it into some pretext for amping up the tensions, or creating some sort of crisis or conflict," Kirby told reporters at the White House.

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