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August 2, 2022

“Pray” for Pelosi: Chinese Media Issues Chilling Statement

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China’s state-affiliated media made a chilling statement ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) trip to Taiwan.

“Let her go to Taiwan,” tweeted Hu Xijin, commentator for the Global Times. “But pray before departure: wish herself a safe journey and wish herself not be defined by history as a sinner who starts a spiral of escalation process expanding military frictions to a large-scale war in the Taiwan Strait.”

On Monday, the Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS reported that Pelosi was set to arrive on Tuesday night as part of her tour of Asia.

A CNN report also confirmed Pelosi’s plans. The outlet noted that the stop isn’t currently included in Pelosi’s public itinerary. A Taiwanese official said she is expected to stay in Taiwan overnight, though it is unclear when exactly Pelosi will land in Taipei.

The speaker’s trip comes even after President Joe Biden recently said that the US military didn’t think it was a good time for Pelosi to visit Taiwan.

July 31, 2022

Trump Slams Pelosi: “She Will Only Make It Worse”

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1917: World War I – Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) begins and goes on to cause approximately 500,000 casualties.

Former President Donald Trump emphatically criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plan to visit Taiwan.

Trump rebuked Pelosi in a post on his Truth Social app.

“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting involved with China and Taiwan other than to make trouble and more money, possibly involving insider trading and information, for her cheatin’ husband?” Trump wrote.

“Everything she touches turns to Chaos, Disruption, and ‘Crap’ (her second big Congress ‘flop’ happening now!), and the China mess is the last thing she should be involved in – She will only make it worse. Crazy Nancy just inserts herself and causes great friction and hatred. She is such a mess!!!”

The Chinese government has also condemned Pelosi’s planned visit, saying it would challenge a “red line” and be met with “resolute countermeasures.”

President Joe Biden recently said that the U.S. military thinks Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is “not a good idea right now.”

But some lawmakers have applauded Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan, including Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), who chairs the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

“I hope she stands up to the pressure that she’s going to get, and is already getting, from President Biden and the administration. I think it’s important that we show solidarity with our ally Taiwan,” said Chabot. “So I commend her for making the decision to go. I hope she sticks to her guns.” 

July 24, 2022

Biden: Military Says Pelosi’s Plan “Not a Good Idea”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is planning on visiting Taiwan next month, and the military doesn’t think it’s a great idea, according to President Joe Biden.

“Well, I think that the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” Biden said when asked about Pelosi’s potential trip. “But I don’t know what the status of it is.”

However, Michèle Flournoy, who served as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy during the Obama administration, applauded Pelosi’s decision.

“I would say good for her,” Flournoy said. “We need to show Taiwan that we have their backs, that we are committed to support[ing] their self-defense, and that we care, and we’re going to show up, and we’re going to try to deter any unprovoked aggression against them.”

Joseph Nye, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, cautioned against the trip.

“I think we ought to be careful about not having high-level visitors to Taiwan,” Nye said. “What we need to do is deter Beijing from thinking they can use force. But at the same time, we don’t want to stick a finger in Xi Jinping’s eye, and provoke them into making some rash decision.” 

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