Global Affairs

US being predictably unpredictable on Taiwan

Judging by the way the Biden administration is currently acting, this appears to be the US policy towards the island, which partly explains the rumours of a Taiwan trip by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Judging by the way the Biden administration is acting, it appears to believe in being predictably unpredictable on Taiwan, says the writer. PHOTO: AFP
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United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains coy about her rumoured trip to Taiwan. "I don't ever discuss my travel plans... It's a security issue," she told journalists. But the furore surrounding her proposed Taipei visit has already put the US in an impossible bind.

If Mrs Pelosi's trip goes ahead, the White House must brace itself to confront a severe Chinese response; allegedly, the US military fears that China may even attempt to intercept her congressional aircraft.

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