(TheConservativeNews.org) – In an apparent attempt to calm China’s nerves before they do something crazy, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby was trotted out to “clarify” our position when it comes to the relationship between the United States and China.
Kirby stood at the lectern yesterday and reiterated the State Department’s standard line, just in case China had become confused about it. The United States does not support independence for Taiwan and we oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either Taiwan or China.
Kirby told reporters that the U.S. does not “support Taiwan independence,” amid heightened threats from China about Nancy Pelosi’s reported trip to the island.
“Nothing has changed about our ‘One China Policy,’” Kirby said. “We have repeatedly said that we oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo from either side. We have said that we do not support Taiwan independence, and we have said that we expect cross-straight differences to be resolved by peaceful means.”
President Joe Biden issued a similar statement to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, saying the U.S. stands firmly behind its “One China Policy.”
However, Pelosi has taken high-profile stands for decades on Tibet and other human rights issues that infuriate Beijing.
Earlier today Pelosi landed in Taiwan despite China’s threat of “serious consequences.” She’ll meet Taiwan’s president on Wednesday morning.