U.S. military officials say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi going to visit Taiwan at the moment is "not a good idea," according to President Biden.
Biden made the comment Wednesday about his fellow Democrat after a news report about Pelosi having rescheduled a trip to Taiwan and one day after the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the country would take "resolute and strong measures" if Pelosi proceeds with her plans.
"Well, I think that the military thinks it's not a good idea right now," Biden said in response to a question about Pelosi's reported trip, according to ABC News. "But I don't know what the status of it is."
However, he did not say whether he thinks Pelosi should go.
Pelosi was originally scheduled to visit in April but had to postpone after she tested positive for COVID-19. She reportedly plans to go to Taiwan in the coming weeks. If Pelosi goes, she would be the highest-ranking American lawmaker to visit the close U.S. ally in about 25 years, ABC also reports.
Pelosi's office says it can neither confirm nor deny the speaker's advance international travel plans, citing security concerns.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijiang said such a visit would "severely undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely impact the foundation of China-U.S. relations."
The U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taiwan, as part of its longstanding commitment to the so-called "One China" policy.
China has in recent years flexed its military might against Taiwan in an apparent attempt to make the democratic, self-ruled country accept Beijing's demands to unify with the communist mainland, according to ABC.