BREAKING NEWS: Biden will calling China’s Xi at 8:30 TODAY as Taiwan holds more drills and experts warn island will ‘bear the wrath of Beijing’ if Nancy Pelosi visits
- President Joe Biden will call Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday morning at 8:30 amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific
- The call is the fifth time the leaders will speak
- Experts are warning of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s upcoming visit to Taiwan
The White House will provide a readout of the call afterwards.
Call comes amid reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan and as U.S. military leaders warn of the emerging threat from China.
The last time Biden and Xi last spoke was in March of this year – shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine.
President Joe Biden will call Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday morning at 8:30
The call comes as Taiwan ramps up its largest ever military drills while neighboring China isn’t pleased with prospective visit to the island by House Nancy Pelosi. Pictured: Taiwanese navy launches a US-made Standard missile from a frigate during the annual Han Kuang Drill, on the sea near the Suao navy harbor in Yilan county on July 2
Taiwan has been ramping up its largest ever military drills as its giant neighbor China bristles over a prospective visit to the island by Speaker Pelosi.
Tensions have been rising recently as Beijing has issued escalating warnings about repercussions should Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan go ahead.
The South China Morning Post reported that Taiwan would have to ‘bear the wrath of Beijing’ should the visit go forward. Beijing is likely to ramp up military pressure on the island during Pelosi’s time there.
‘Possible action includes sending multiple warplanes across the median line that separates the Taiwan Strait,’ said Chieh Chung, a senior researcher at the National Policy Foundation think tank, noting that this happened when former US undersecretary of state Keith Krach visited Taiwan in 2020.
When asked Wednesday about the upcoming trip and whether she plans to go forward with making it, Pelosi said she wouldn’t comment on her movements for security reasons.
Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries reiterated this point Wednesday.
‘The Speaker does not comment on her travel plans for a variety of reasons, including security, and neither will I,’ he told reporters.