U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan

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U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan

The Biden administration is watching for any moves by China to close off the Taiwan Strait, and they would prefer that Nancy Pelosi cancel her planned trip.

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Taipei shoppers at dusk. Suspicions in Washington and Taipei of China’s intentions toward Taiwan have increased during the conflict in Ukraine, because Chinese officials have consistently supported Russian rationales for the invasion.
Taipei shoppers at dusk. Suspicions in Washington and Taipei of China’s intentions toward Taiwan have increased during the conflict in Ukraine, because Chinese officials have consistently supported Russian rationales for the invasion. Credit…Ann Wang/Reuters
Taipei shoppers at dusk. Suspicions in Washington and Taipei of China’s intentions toward Taiwan have increased during the conflict in Ukraine, because Chinese officials have consistently supported Russian rationales for the invasion.
Edward Wong
David E. Sanger
Amy Qin

By Edward WongDavid E. Sanger and Amy Qin

July 25, 2022

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has grown increasingly anxious this summer about China’s statements and actions regarding Taiwan, with some officials fearing that Chinese leaders might try to move against the self-governing island over the next year and a half — perhaps by trying to cut off access to all or part of the Taiwan Strait, through which U.S. naval ships regularly pass.

The internal worries have sharpened in recent days, as the administration quietly works to try to dissuade House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from going through with a proposed visit to Taiwan next month, U.S. officials say. Ms. Pelosi, Democrat of California, would be the first speaker to visit Taiwan since 1997, and the Chinese government has repeatedly denounced her reported plans and threatened retaliation.

U.S. officials see a greater risk of conflict and miscalculation over Ms. Pelosi’s trip as President Xi Jinping of China and other Communist Party leaders prepare in the coming weeks for an important political meeting in which Mr. Xi is expected to extend his rule.

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