Nancy Pelosi received a cold welcome in South Korea after a visit to Taiwan
PThe South Korean resident did not receive Pelosi after her high-profile visit to Taiwan. The trip, which caused disagreements between the politician and the US administration, may negatively affect the image of Washington, experts say
In turn, the Director General of the Russian Council for International Affairs (RIAC) Andrei Kortunov believes that after the 82-year-old Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, we can talk about a certain toxicity of the politician. “It’s still one of her last major trips. As far as I know, Pelosi will not run this year (in the congressional elections.—RBC) and she leaves the political arena. Probably, there is some kind of toxicity, but it is still carried out in compliance with all decency. She has been in Congress for many years, and Biden will note this, but Pelosi is a departing figure. This is clear to everyone,” Kortunov said.
Washington is unhappy with Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan
Upon returning to the US, Pelosi may also face a cold attitude. According to Bloomberg, despite the White House’s statements that a politician has the right to decide on her own whether to fly to Taiwan or not, Biden administration officials were furious that the speaker of the House of Representatives wanted to make this visit a significant milestone in her career, despite an extremely delicate moment in relations with Beijing». According to agency sources, the White HouseHe sent senior officials of the National Security Service and the State Department to Pelosi and her team, whose task was to convince her to postpone the visit. When the White House realized that Pelosi was not ready to do this, Biden publicly announced that, according to the US military, her trip “does not seem to be a good idea”. He did not call for postponing the visit, as the White House was not sure that Pelosi would do it under such circumstances.
Despite the differences between the White House and Pelosi, it is premature to talk about an internal split, since both Biden and Pelosi belong to the centrist wing of the Democratic Party, Kortunov noted.
“Pelosi has no fundamental differences with Biden. It is important how this is perceived by US partners. If you look at the same Beijing, then during my contacts with Chinese colleagues they tell me: either Biden is cheating and the visit was agreed, but he himself wants to stay away and therefore declares disagreements, or it is unclear who is responsible for foreign policy,” he added. When the Speaker of the Parliament and the president belong to the same partyHowever, they cannot agree, the country is perceived as an unreliable partner and there can be no strategic agreements with it, Kortunov continued. “Biden should then be perceived as a lame duck, and, accordingly, we need to wait for new elections. In any case, this is not good for the image of the United States and for the prospects of reaching agreements in principle with both allies and opponents of Washington,” the expert concluded.
According to Spirin, the current disagreements do not indicate a conflict between the White House and Pelosi, but rather weak coordination. “The anti-Chinese consensus, of course, exists in the US administration. But the question is that Pelosi’s visit really could have been better timed,” he said. The situation, according to the expert, was influenced by other factors, in particular the November US congressional elections and Pelosi’s personality itself, since the politician is knownhis activism. “It seems to me, as well as to a number of American analysts, that symbolic rigidity towards China has become valuable in itself, without realizing the clear results that Washington wants to achieve,” Spirin concluded.
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