US considers deploying carriers to support House speaker’s Taiwan trip – Washington Post

The US military is considering “moving aircraft carriers or sending fighter planes for close air support” as part of a potential trip by US house speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

The discussions about US military actions in support of Pelosi’s trip were first reported in an op-ed by Josh Rogin, who wrote,

The US military is devising options for protecting Pelosi’s delegation, who—as is normal procedure for congressional delegations to Taiwan—would be flying on a military plane. The measures under consideration include moving aircraft carriers or sending fighter planes for close air support. That, in turn, could be misinterpreted by the Chinese side as an aggressive rather than a defensive measure.

The discussions took place amid warnings by Chinese officials that the scheduled trip by Pelosi could trigger a military clash between Chinese and US forces.

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and other US and Allies vessels transit the Bay of Bengal as part of MALABAR 2021, on Oct. 12, 2021. (Russel Lindsey/US Navy)

In a separate article, the Post reported: “The Biden administration is increasing concerned that a planned trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan next month could spark a major crisis across the Taiwan Strait, and the White House and an array of national security officials have briefed Pelosi and her team about the risks of traveling now, administration officials said.”

In a separate article, the Post quoted Evan Medeiros, a former top White House China expert in the Obama administration, as saying, “The Taiwan issue … could spark war—including nuclear war—between the two largest economies in the world.”

On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said military officials believed it was “not a good idea” for Pelosi to visit Taiwan.

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