President Joe Biden had publicly rolled over to China by admonishing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her planned trip to Taiwan. Now his administration is attempting to clean up for his mistake.
National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby sent a strong message that Pelosi’s possible trip to Taiwan will not justify retaliatory action, Breitbart reported. Kirby said this Monday marking a change from previous messaging.
“We will not take the bait or engage in saber-rattling,” Kirby said at the start of the briefing. “At the same time, we will not be intimidated,” he added.
However, Kirby also maintained that there will not be a change in its support for the “One China Policy” against an independent Taiwan. “We’ve repeatedly said that we oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side,” he said reassuringly for the benefit of the Communist Chinese Party.
“We have said we do not support Taiwan’s independence,” he reiterated. Instead, the U.S. will continue its “strategic ambiguity” with promises both to defend Taiwan in the event of an attack while also leaving China to do as it will with the island nation.
Last month, Biden advised against the trip for Pelosi. “Well, I — I think that — the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now, but I don’t know what the status of it is,” the president said at the time.
Kirby has not confirmed whether Pelosi will visit Taiwan but only speak out against retaliation should it happen. “There’s certainly no reason for this to come to blows. There’s certainly no reason for this to escalate,” Kirby said. “We’re going to watch this very, very closely.”
There should be no scenario where one of America’s adversaries feels emboldened to threaten the U.S. for sending one of its officials to Taiwan. However, that’s the world Biden has created — and nothing Kirby can say will change that.