China has privately issued a stern warning to the Joe Biden government about a possible visit to Taiwan in August by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.Nancy Pelosi, The Financial Times reported on Saturday.
The report cited six people familiar with the Chinese warnings as saying they were much stronger than threats made by Beijing in the past, when it has been dissatisfied with US action or policy on Taiwan, which China claims.
Private rhetoric suggests a possible military response, according to the Financial Times, citing several people familiar with the situation.
The White House National Security Council and the State Department declined to comment on the report.
China has intensified its military activity around Taiwan to pressure the democratically elected government to accept Chinese sovereignty. Taiwan’s government says only the island’s 23 million people can decide its future and wants peace, but will defend itself if attacked.
On July 18, the Financial Times reported that Pelosi was scheduled to travel to Taiwan in August.
A day later, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan would seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.A, and that the United States will suffer the consequences of its response.
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said he plans to speak with the Chinese president, Xi Jinpingat the end of the month. Biden casts doubts over Pelosi’s alleged trip to Taiwan.
“I think the military doesn’t think it’s a good idea right now, but I don’t know what the situation is,” Biden told reporters.