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Nancy Pelosi calls Xi Jinping a ‘fearful bully’ and there has been overwhelming support for her trip to Taiwan as China continues military exercises simulating an invasion of the island
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “fearful bully” as she defended her visit to Taiwan last week
- “He acts like a scared bully,” she told MSNBC’s Morning Joe
- China conducts military exercises around Taiwan after her trip to the island
- Xi expected to receive unprecedented third term as Chinese leader
Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “frightened bully” as Beijing continues its military exercises around Taiwan after her trip to the island.
“I think he’s in a vulnerable place,” she told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday morning, referring to the upcoming elections in China. “He acts like a scared bully.”
Xi is expected to receive an unprecedented third term as Chinese leader. China has held military exercises around Taiwan in a blatant show of force as part of their anger at the speaker’s stop on the island.
Pelosi defended her visit to Taiwan, which infuriated the Chinese, and said she would do it again.
‘Absolute. Without a doubt,” she told NBC’s Today show when asked.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “fearful bully” as she defended her visit to Taiwan last week
China carried out ballistic missile launches and simulated naval and air strikes in the skies and seas around Taiwan
Pelosi did a media tour on Tuesday morning to discuss her journey. She was also at the White House to join President Joe Biden for his signing of the CHIPS bill. The Biden administration would not be happy with her visit, although officials publicly defended the speaker’s right to go there.
It is unclear whether the speaker and the president discussed her 24-hour stop on the island.
Self-ruled Taiwan, with a population of 23 million, lives under the constant threat of invasion from authoritarian China, which considers the island its territory and has vowed to take it one day, by force if necessary.
“The people of Taiwan welcomed the visit. The Chinese government may not have that. But China should not isolate Taiwan,” Pelosi told NBC.
She went on to say of Morning Joe: “I don’t think the president of China should check the agendas of members of Congress, or anyone else who wants to visit Taiwan. He’s trying to isolate Taiwan.”
“We didn’t go there to talk about China. We went there to talk about Taiwan,” she added.
She landed in Taipei last Tuesday as part of an extended tour of Southeast Asia.
This weekend, China launched ballistic missiles and simulated naval and air strikes in the skies and seas around Taiwan.
China’s Eastern Theater Command said on Monday it will hold new joint exercises focused on anti-submarine and naval attack operations.
The Biden administration had urged Beijing not to use Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as an excuse for a military response.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week: “I sincerely hope that Beijing will not create a crisis or look for a pretext to ramp up its aggressive military activity. We countries around the world believe that escalation serves no one and can have unintended consequences that serve no one’s best interests.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to receive an unprecedented third term as Chinese leader
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Joined President Joe Biden for His Signing of the CHIPS Bill into Law
Speaker Nancy Pelosi defied repeated warnings from the Chinese not to visit Taiwan; she landed there last tuesday
Meanwhile, Biden government officials said: Bloomberg that the White House was outraged by Pelosi’s unannounced visit to Taiwan.
They said senior members of the National Security Council and State Department officials tried to dissuade her from the visit, but she refused to call off the trip that infuriated Beijing.
Biden officials accused Pelosi of using the trip as a “keystone to her career” at a time of very delicate relations with Beijing, according to Bloomberg.