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Pelosi’s Peers Say Don’t Cave to China Over Potential Taiwan Stop

  • Democrats, Republicans say China shouldn’t dictate Pelosi trip
  • Beijing warned of repercussions if House speaker makes visit
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting bipartisan support for a possible trip to Taiwan, with some lawmakers from both parties arguing that it’s important that the top leader in the US Congress show no sign of giving in to pressure from China’s government.

“If we can allow the Chinese to dictate who can visit Taiwan and who cannot, then we have already ceded Taiwan to the Chinese,” said Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who made his own trip to Taiwan in April. “If they can veto everyone in the world who wants to come to Taiwan, then Taiwan will be isolated. So I think she has an absolute right to visit and I think the support of Taiwan is important.”