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State Department Press Conference Underway Shortly


State Department Spokesperson Ned Price is shortly due to deliver a press conference from the Department of State.

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  • Punchbowl News reported this morning that the Pentagon has begun early planning for a potential trip by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to Taiwan which may take place later this year.
  • Punchbowl: “Biden administration officials anticipate McCarthy will visit the democratic island nation sometime in the spring, as House Republicans look to make countering China a major focus of their majority.”
  • A McCarthy trip to Taiwan could reignite tensions with China and derail efforts by the Biden administration to repair a fracture between the two countries which followed former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) trip to the island in summer last year.
  • Price may be asked to clarify the State Department's position on such a trip considering reports which suggested the department inititially opposed Pelosi's trip and in light of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's key trip to China scheduled for early February.

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