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TL;DR news on Pelosi Taiwan at April 22, 2023

Experts who spoke with Responsible Statecraft said these policies are likely to provoke a sharp response from China, further stoking tensions in the Taiwan Strait. Swaine G20 sets stage for first Xi and Biden meeting since pandemic Only these two men can break the downward spiral over Taiwan. Well I think the president was answering a question he got from a reporter that surrounded the context of the kinds of information we give to Speaker Pelosi before she travels. What I wanted to make clear today was that we are going to make sure that if the speaker decides to go to Taiwan she can do so safely and securely. Two other sources said Pelosi was scheduled to meet a small group of activists who are outspoken about China's human rights record during her stay in Taiwan, possibly on Wednesday. Taiwan rejects China's sovereignty claims and says only its people can decide the island's future. Pelosi arrived in Singapore early Monday, kicking off her Asian tour as questions swirled over a possible stop in Taiwan that has fueled tension with Beijing. China has been steadily ratcheting up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan. Nancy Pelosi's office has not confirmed that. Nancy Pelosi: I think that it's important for us to show support for Taiwan. Kyle Peterson: Jillian, what's going on here with this debate in Washington about this trip and what's to be gained by a visit to Taiwan by somebody like Nancy Pelosi. I mean, we've seen China increase its provocation in Taiwan and what I'm talking about is military planes going into Taiwanese airspace about 600 times this year, about a thousand times last year. I think the concern here now is that if Pelosi doesn't go, it looks like the US is backing down in response to Chinese threats and that's not a good situation. We mean what we say." But what kind of retaliation do you think is likely? I mean, surely as Pelosi says, they wouldn't try to shoot down her plane or at least the US military wouldn't allow that. But you know, I think it's helpful when we're thinking about Taiwan, to look at the history of Ukraine as well. In Taiwan, that's going to be much more difficult because it's an island and we've already seen the Chinese practicing for how to cut Taiwan off from outside support. They've been drilling urban warfare, as well, with eye to occupying Taiwanese cities potentially. 27, 2022 SHARE President Xi Jinping warned against meddling in China's dealings with Taiwan during a phone call with his U.S. The People's Liberation Army has sent growing numbers of fighter planes and bombers to fly near Taiwan in an attempt to intimidate its democratically elected government. It all comes as President Joe Biden is set to speak Thursday with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time in four months, and the potential Pelosi trip is looming over the conversation. Pelosi advocated for human rights in China by working against Beijing in 1993 as it eyed hosting the summer Olympics and she opposed its bid for the 2008 games. However it remains unclear whether she will put Taiwan on her schedule.