Over the course of the last several days, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been suggesting that she may be looking to make a trip to Taiwan, and that news has stirred some serious reactions from the far east.
Taiwan, a nation that has been long self-governing, has remained under the threat of Chinese oppression for years. Beijing seems to believe that Taiwan belongs to China, (much in the same way that Russia suddenly thinks that Ukraine is theirs for the taking), and even the slightest recognition of Taiwan’s independence seems to get the CCP all riled up.
So much so that the US military will need to be on-call should Pelosi make her aforementioned trip.
Nancy Pelosi hasn’t said if she’s going to Taiwan, but if she does she’d be entering one of the world’s hottest and most contentious spots. While U.S. officials say they have little fear that Beijing would attack the U.S. House speaker’s plane, they are aware that a mishap, misstep or misunderstanding could endanger her safety. So the Pentagon is developing plans for any contingency.
Officials told The Associated Press that if Pelosi goes to Taiwan — still an uncertainty — the military would increase its movement of forces and assets in the Indo-Pacific region. They declined to provide details, but said that fighter jets, ships, surveillance assets and other military systems would likely be used to provide overlapping rings of protection for her flight to Taiwan and any time on the ground there.
Some of the nation’s highest ranking officers were involved in the planning as well.
Asked about planned military steps to protect Pelosi, D-Calif., in the event of a visit, U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that discussion of any specific travel is premature. But, he added, “if there’s a decision made that Speaker Pelosi or anyone else is going to travel and they asked for military support, we will do what is necessary to ensure a safe conduct of their visit. And I’ll just leave it at that.”
The last time that such a prominent American diplomat visited Taiwan was in 1997, when then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made the trek.