The belligerence of Beijing knows no bounds, and now the US military is having to prepare for a possible conflict on account of it.
China has long suggested that they town Taiwan, despite the small island nation being self-governed. The issue has been a sore spot for the CCP, with China consistently threatening anyone and everyone who dares to believe otherwise.
Now, as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contemplates a potential visit to Taiwan, Beijing is again raging…and it’s forcing America’s armed services to start paying attention.
Nancy Pelosi hasn’t said if she’s going to Taiwan, but if she does she’d be entering one of the world’s hottest and most contentious spots. While U.S. officials say they have little fear that Beijing would attack the U.S. House speaker’s plane, they are aware that a mishap, misstep or misunderstanding could endanger her safety. So the Pentagon is developing plans for any contingency.
Officials told The Associated Press that if Pelosi goes to Taiwan — still an uncertainty — the military would increase its movement of forces and assets in the Indo-Pacific region. They declined to provide details, but said that fighter jets, ships, surveillance assets and other military systems would likely be used to provide overlapping rings of protection for her flight to Taiwan and any time on the ground there.
And this wasn’t just conjecture.
Asked about planned military steps to protect Pelosi, D-Calif., in the event of a visit, U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that discussion of any specific travel is premature. But, he added, “if there’s a decision made that Speaker Pelosi or anyone else is going to travel and they asked for military support, we will do what is necessary to ensure a safe conduct of their visit. And I’ll just leave it at that.”
Pelosi would be the most prominent US diplomat to visit Taiwan in over two decades, with Newt Gingrich having taken a tour back in the 1990’s.