Monday’s reaction by President Joe Biden to China’s growing aggression towards Taiwan was in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.
Biden stated that he was not concerned, but he was concerned that they were moving as fast as they are. “But they won’t do more than they already are,” Biden said.
As he was leaving Delaware, the president responded to China’s actions by going to eastern Kentucky. This is where the state has suffered devastating flooding.
Pelosi’s departure from Taiwan prompted China to respond by holding live-fire drills around the island’s waters.
China’s actions were condemned by the White House, and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed his disapproval at the military operations as “extremely” and “disproportionate.”
China has announced additional military drills Monday, condemning the United States’ provocation.
Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the defense ministry said that the current tension in Taiwan Strait was entirely caused by the U.S. and started on its own initiative. The U.S. must take full responsibility and face serious consequences.
Biden initially voiced opposition to Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. However, he eventually defended the trip once it became clear that she wouldn’t be discouraged.