On Tuesday night, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expected to arrive in Taiwan, according to multiple outlets, which will make her the highest-ranking US official to visit the island in 25 years. Beijing is furious about the visit, vowing retaliation once she makes landfall.
“We’re closely following the itinerary of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. If the US continues to stand on the wrong path, we’ll take strong and resolute measures to ensure our sovereignty and security,” Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Pelosi has not commented on the trip nor confirmed reports that she will travel to Taiwan. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, henceforth, said Pelosi—not the White House—would make the final call on whether she would visit the island.
“If the speaker does decide to visit, and China tries to create some kind of crisis or otherwise escalate tensions, that would be entirely on Beijing,” Blinken told reporters on Monday.
Cross-strait tensions appear to have escalated to the point that it has become impossible to avoid taking sides. Taiwan’s business community, led by giants like iPhone maker Foxconn and chip manufacturer TSMC, is adept at