White House Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby reiterated U.S. government policy towards Taiwan in a press conference Aug. 1 ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the country.
“We have repeatedly said that we oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side,” Kirby said. “We have said that we do not support Taiwan independence. And we have said that we expect cross-Strait differences to be resolved by peaceful means. We have communicated this directly.”
John Kirby: “…We do not support Taiwan independence”
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The U.S. government has acknowledged its “similar values” with Taiwan but has long supported a one China policy. (RELATED: China Could Declare ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Taiwan Should Nancy Pelosi Visit: REPORT)
“We oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side; we do not support Taiwan independence; and we expect cross-Strait differences to be resolved by peaceful means,” the U.S. Department of State wrote in a fact sheet updated in May. “We continue to have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Nancy Pelosi is reportedly still planning to head to Taiwan despite multiple threats from China.
China has promised a “forceful” response should Pelosi visit and has told its citizens to “prepare for war.”