Matthew Kronig, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, said that Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi made a mistake by saying in advance that she could visit Taiwan.
Writing for Foreign Policy, Kronig agreed that Pelosi’s eventual trip to Taiwan was an “unnecessary crisis,” but added, “This is not Congress’ fault. This is China’s responsibility. ?
The expert considered that “it was a mistake on the part of Pelosi to make his plans public. She was supposed to appear (in Taiwan) suddenly, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did during his surprise visit to Kyiv.”
Kronig pointed out that Pelosi and the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden could not back down because it would mean submitting to the will of Beijing.
“That would be a sign of weakness and effectively signal to the Chinese Communist Party that it has veto power over the travel schedules of US officials,” he said.
The expert believes that Washington should adhere to the “one China” policy, but at the same time should move from “strategic ambiguity” to “strategic clarity”, that is, directly inform the Chinese army that the Pentagon will protect Taiwan if it is attacked. . ”, adding that “in principle, this position is not contrary to the policy of “one China”.
On the eve of Pelosi went on an Asian tour, in which she will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. It was reported that she intends to visit Taiwan, but Pelosi herself declined to comment on this information, citing security concerns.
Source: Foreign Policy.