Pompeo targets Biden over possible Pelosi trip to Taiwan

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knocked on the door of the Biden administration for not supporting a trip to Taiwan by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“To have America bullied by Chinese propaganda right after, frankly, President Biden had a phone call, a long phone call, with [Chinese President] Xi Jinping… would send a very bad message to our friends in the region: the Australians, the South Koreans, the Japanese,” Pompeo told host John Catsimatidis on WABC 77 AM’s “Cats Roundtable.”

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Pelosi announced on Sunday that she was en route to a four-country tour of Asia and that she will lead a six-member congressional delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. She did not include Taiwan in her plans, despite multiple reports of her intention to visit the area.

“I don’t often agree with Speaker Pelosi, but she made it clear that she wanted to visit Taiwan on her own, an independent, sovereign nation. And now the Biden administration is saying, ‘Well, maybe that’s not smart,’ said Pompeo.

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President Biden said earlier this month that the US military “doesn’t think it’s a good idea at this time” for Pelosi to visit the island.

China warned that the trip “could have a serious negative impact on the political foundation of China-US relations and send a serious wrong signal to separatist forces of Taiwan’s independence”.

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Under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the US committed to helping self-governed Taiwan defend itself against Beijing, but the US has remained strategically ambiguous about its stance on Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

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