The risk of a military clash due to the arrival of the speaker of the US House of Representatives in Taiwan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan late Tuesday night on a military plane, accompanied by her congressional delegation.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (center) walks with Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (left) after arriving in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. [AP Photo/ministère des Affaires étrangères de Taïwan via AP] [AP Photo/Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP]

Despite fears about the risk of a military clash or conflict with China, the Biden administration rallied the entire US political and military establishment in support of Pelosi’s trip. When Pelosi landed in Taipei, an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan with a full complement of fighter jets, attack helicopters and other weapons systems was stationed in the waters off Taiwan’s east coast.

USS Ronald Reagan was escorted by the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam and the destroyer USS Higgins. The US Navy also said the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli is also operating in the area. Two US Air Force jets were reportedly sent to Malaysia, where Pelosi held talks on Tuesday, as part of military preparations for her trip to Taiwan.

U.S. officials, the U.S. media and Pelosi herself have maintained the lie that her trip and accompanying military operation were “routine” and that her presence in Taipei was not a reversal of decades of U.S. policy and diplomacy.

Visiting Pelosi is anything but routine. She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in more than a quarter century. His visit is just the latest calculated move by the Trump and Biden administrations to undermine the one-China policy that has been the cornerstone of US-China political relations since formal diplomatic relations were established in 1979.

As part of the “One China” policy, Washington de facto recognized Beijing as the legitimate government of all of China, including the island of Taiwan. The United States severed diplomatic relations with the military dictatorship in Taipei and withdrew its troops from the island. At the same time, the US Congress passed Law on relations with Taiwan to allow low-level unofficial contacts with Taipei and the sale of so-called defense weapons to Taiwan.

Over the past six years, everything has changed dramatically. Negotiations and visits at the highest level have been openly resumed; The US publicly acknowledged the presence of American troops on the island for the first time; and arms sales, including overtly offensive weapons, have increased along with the frequency of US warship crossings of the narrow Taiwan Strait.

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