WH says he won’t ‘take the bait or engage in saber rattling’ with China over potential Pelosi visit to Taiwan

At Monday’s White House press conference, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the Biden administration will not “take the bait or engage in saber-rattling.” with China in response to the country’s criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible trip to Taiwan.

Video transcript

JEAN KIRBY: We and countries around the world believe that escalation serves no one. Beijing’s actions could have unintended consequences that only heighten tensions. In the meantime, our actions are non-threatening and non-innovative.

Nothing about this potential visit, potential visit, which, oh, by the way, has a precedent, would change the status quo, and the world should reject any effort by the PRC to use it for that purpose. We won’t take the bait or engage in bullshit. At the same time, we will not be intimidated.

We will continue to operate in the seas and skies of the Western Pacific as we have for decades. We will continue to support peace, stability across the strait, to support Taiwan, of course, to defend a free and open Indo-Pacific, and we will always seek to maintain lines of communication with Beijing. All of this is important, and all of this – all of this – preserves the status quo.

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