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Blinken distances White House from Pelosi trip to Taiwan

Added 08-02-22 01:37:04am EST - “Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is free to make her own travel decisions” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Blinken distances White House from Pelosi trip to Taiwan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that as the third-highest level official in the US government, Nancy Pelosi is free to make her own decisions and travel plans, warning China not to escalate tensions if the House of Representatives Speaker ends up visiting Taiwan.

“The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan. The Congress is an independent, coequal branch of government. The decision is entirely the speaker’s,” Blinken told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York following a Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference on Monday.

The top US diplomat moved on to blame Beijing for exaggerating the significance of the rumored trip, claiming that if “China tries to create some kind of crisis or otherwise escalate tensions, that would be entirely on Beijing.”

Blinken said that Washington expects Beijijng to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward,” if Pelosi eventually decided to visit Taiwan, as reported by multiple media citing sources both in the US and in Taipei.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby also repeatedly emphasized that Biden’s administration had no control over Pelosi’s possible visit, given that Congress is an independent branch of government, and that her trip wouldn’t reflect any change in US policy.

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