‘If she dares’: China warns Nancy Pelosi against visiting Taiwan
Foreign ministry threatens ‘serious consequences’ if the US house speaker makes a trip to the self-ruled island.In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian reiterated earlier warnings on Monday, saying “there will be serious consequences if she insists on making the visit”. He did not spell out any specific consequences.
Taiwan's military has raised its alert status in the face of the possibility of a visit to the island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and warnings by China against such a trip. © Provided by News 360 Archive - Taiwanese military during maneuvers - Walid Berrazeg/SOPA Images via Z / DPA
Sources quoted by the Taiwanese state news agency, CNA, have indicated that the Army has increased its combat readiness, a decision that will be in place until Thursday and could be adjusted depending on the actions taken by Beijing during the next hours.
However, it has clarified that the decision does not imply that the troops are currently in an "emergency" situation, without Washington having clarified whether Pelosi, who is currently on a tour of East Asia, will finally make a stop on the island.
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White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has defended in recent hours that Pelosi "has the right" to travel to Taiwan if she so chooses and added that the Administration will not take action on the matter. "Our responsibility is to make sure that she and her team have all the information they need," he stressed.
THE CHINESE POSITION The Chinese government, for its part, has reaffirmed that Beijing's response will be "forceful" in case Pelosi lands on Taiwanese soil and has stressed that they are "closely following the itinerary". "If the United States ignores the opinion of others, China will not hesitate to take strong measures to defend its sovereignty and security interests," said the spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry of the Asian giant, Hua Chunying.
Pelosi leaves Taiwan to sound of Chinese fury
"Those who play with fire will not come to a good end," warns China's foreign minister after the visit.Ms Pelosi - the most senior US politician to visit in 25 years - departed on Wednesday after meeting leaders in the capital Taipei.
She has also reiterated that China opposes "separatism, secession and outside interference" in Taiwan-related affairs. "It will never leave a margin of maneuver to the forces that advocate independence," she has asserted, according to a statement from the Ministry.
The spokeswoman has thus clarified as "unwavering" the will of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese who seek to "reunify their homeland", as she stressed despite the fact that there is no official confirmation of the possible visit.
Many believe that the military exercises carried out by the Chinese Army in the South China Sea throughout this week seek to avoid a visit by Pelosi to the island, according to information from the 'Soutch China Morning Post' newspaper.
Also, the Chinese Navy is scheduled to conduct maneuvers until Saturday, so it is forbidden to sail through some areas of the South China Sea.
The Gamble of Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan
Taipei is celebrating; Beijing is seething. This may prove a consequential moment in a looming confrontation between China and the U.S. over not just the island’s future but the world’s.This narrative has elements of truth, but things aren’t that simple. Pelosi’s trip is likely to be the beginning, not the end, of a crisis in U.S.-China relations. Beijing could stretch out its response for weeks, even months, with unforeseeable consequences. Only hours before Pelosi’s arrival, China’s foreign ministry warned that the U.S. would “pay the price” for the affront. The real impact of Pelosi’s visit may not be clear for years.
Pelosi's visit, which would be the first by a Speaker of the House of Representatives in 25 years, is not on Pelosi's schedule or public itinerary. However, Taiwanese sources indicate that she may spend a night on the island although the exact date for this is unknown.
For their part, Chinese authorities announced on Friday that a military drill would be held around Taiwan, days after Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei warned that the Chinese military would not stand idly by in the face of Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan.
Relations between China and Taiwan were suspended in 1949 after Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Party forces led by Chiang Kai Shek suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party of China and moved to the island of Taiwan.
The Asian giant considers Taiwan as its rebel province, despite the fact that the island has declared its independence and is supported by the United States and the European Union.
Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip Isn’t Helpful to Anyone But China .
The primary (and very likely only) beneficiary of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is the People’s Republic of China. Virtually none of the goals that the California congresswoman seeks to advance by making the trip—the highest level visit by a U.S. official in a quarter century—will be achieved. Taiwan will not be strengthened. In fact, the trip is already increasing tensions across the straits of Taiwan at a dangerous moment. SeniorSenior Biden administration officials attempted to dissuade Pelosi from making the trip to Taiwan for just this reason.