UK News: China warns its military will 'not sit idly by' if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan

Nancy Pelosi begins in Singapore a very followed Asian tour

 Nancy Pelosi begins in Singapore a very followed Asian tour USA-Chine-Taiwan: Nancy Pelosi begins in Singapore a very followed Asian tour © Reuters/Jonathan Ernst Nancy Pelosi begins in Singapore a very followed Asian tour ) - The president of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, must kick off a tour in four Asian countries on Monday in Singapore, against the backdrop of speculation on a possible displacement of the Democratic leader in Taiwan Despite the warnings of China.

China said on Monday that its military 'will not sit idly by' if US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan.

The latest warning was issued during a Chinese foreign ministry briefing by pokesperson Zhao Lijian, who said that because of Pelosi's status as the 'No. 3 official of the US government', a visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own, would 'lead to egregious political impact'.

Pelosi kicked-off a tour of four Asian countries in the early hours of Monday morning in Singapore amid intense speculation that she may risk the wrath of Beijing by also visiting self-ruled Taiwan.

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 Military exercises, threats… Beijing on the teeth before a possible visit from Pelosi to Taiwan © Copyright 2022, L'Obs The president of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, started this Monday, August 1 Asian shot with a first step in Singapore, maintaining the vagueness around a stopover in Taiwan which could even become more tense relationships between Beijing and Washington. In Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called him to work for "stable" relations with Beijing. A meeting with the president of the Cité-etat is also planned.

The House Speaker touched down in Singapore just before 4:30am local time, where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged her at a meeting to strive for 'stable' ties with Beijing.

A press release from Pelosi's office on Sunday said she would visit four Asian countries - Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

Officially, Pelosi does not have any apparent plans to visit the island democracy of after Chinese diplomats threatened 'unbearable consequences' if she visited the self-ruled island under Chinese occupation.

But earlier in July, the speaker — who is number three in the line of presidential succession — told the media in a press conference: 'It's important for us to show support for Taiwan.'

The Global Times, China's state-run tabloid, suggested that Pelosi might use 'emergency excuses like an aircraft fault or refuelling' to land at a Taiwanese airport.

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'If she dares to stop in Taiwan, it will be the moment to ignite the powder keg of the situation in the Taiwan Straits,' Hu Xijin, a former Global Times editor and now commentator, tweeted.

Beijing's foreign ministry on Monday warned a visit would 'seriously threaten the peace and stability' of the Taiwan Strait if it goes ahead.

Bloomberg's China editor John Liu said in an appearance on the network on Sunday: 'I do think it's worth mentioning that not mentioning if there will be a trip to Taiwan on her itinerary is different from saying she will not go to Taiwan.'

He added: 'It is not off the table that there could be a surprise visit.'

American officials often make discreet visits to Taiwan to show support but a Pelosi trip would be higher-profile than any in recent history.

Taiwan has been a prickly subject between the United States and China for years.

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Two days before Pelosi landed in Asia, nine US Air Force KC-135 Stratotank refueling aircraft, two C-2 transport planes and one MH-60R Seahawk helicopter arrived at US Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa on July 30, according to Japanese daily newspaper, Ryukyu Shimpo,.

The base is located around 500 miles from Taiwan.

The newspaper says that the arrival of the hardware is 'possibly due to US House Speaker Pelosi's plan to visit Taiwan.'

The speaker's first stop after setting off from California was in Hawaii for refueling, then on to Guam landing at Anderson Air Force Base before arriving in Singapore on Monday morning.

Pelosi's press release said: 'The trip will focus on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region.

'In Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, our delegation will hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can further advance our shared interests and values, including peace and security, economic growth and trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance.'

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Having arrived in Singapore this morning, Pelosi will meet with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

But her trip has been met with much scrutiny by Chinese officials, who have warned that Washington would 'bear all the consequences' if Pelosi did visit Taiwan and have threatened to take 'resolute and forceful measures' against the US if the trip goes ahead.

Officials said that all options, including military ones, are already on the table if Pelosi does go through with the trip, according to Zhang Meifang, the Consul General of China in Belfast.

The authoritarian country views visits by US officials to Taiwan as sending an encouraging signal to the pro-independence camp in the island.

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Under its one-China policy, Washington does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but is bound by US law to provide the island with the means to defend itself.

The White House has been quick to reiterate that stance has not changed despite speculation over Pelosi making the trip.

'If the US pushes ahead and challenges China's bottom line... the US side will bear all the consequences arising therefrom,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference.

He had previously expressed China's 'solemn position' over a potential Pelosi visit, telling reporters that China is prepared to 'take firm and strong measures to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.'

Chinese air force spokesman Shen Jinke was also quoted by state media as saying on Sunday that Beijing would 'resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity'.

Shen said at a military airshow that the air force has many types of fighter jets capable of circling 'the precious island of our motherland', referring to Taiwan.

He said China's 'air force has the firm will, full confidence and sufficient capability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.'

And a comment by a People's Liberation Army unit on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media, on Friday - 'Prepare for war!' - received 1.87 million thumbs-up.

On Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned his US counterpart, Joe Biden, that Washington should abide by the one-China principle and 'those who play with fire will perish by it'.

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Biden, in turn, told Xi that US policy on Taiwan had not changed and that Washington strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, where 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion by China.

Still, officials on both sides have been gearing up for a possible confrontation.

When US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group returned to the South China Sea by Thursday, Chinese military ramped up exercises in the vicinity.

And on Saturday, Chinese military held live-firing drills in the waters off Fujian province, 62 miles away from Taiwan, according to local authorities.

Chinese coast guard will hold an exercise in the South China Sea off Guangzhou province on Monday, according to another notice by the Maritime Safety Administration.

Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin said on Saturday he deleted a tweet warning of military retaliation should US fighter jets escort Pelosi on a Taiwan visit, after Twitter blocked his account.

And Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said this week that the number of intercepts by Chinese aircraft and ships in the Pacific region with US and other partner forces has increased significantly over the past five years.

He said Beijing's military has become far more aggressive and dangerous, and that the number of unsafe interactions has risen by similar proportions.

Those include reports of Chinese fighter jets flying so close to a Canadian air security patrol last month that the Canadian pilot had to swerve to avoid collision, and another close call with an Australian surveillance flight in late May in which the Chinese crew released a flurry of metal scraps that were sucked into the other plane's engine.

US officials, meanwhile, have said the administration doubts that China would take direct action against Pelosi herself or try to sabotage the visit.

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But they don't rule out the possibility that China could escalate provocative overflights of military aircraft in or near Taiwanese airspace and naval patrols in the Taiwan Strait should the trip take place. And they don't preclude Chinese actions elsewhere in the region as a show of strength.

'It could be an air collision. It could be some sort of missile test, and, again, when you're doing those types of things, you know, there is always the possibility that something could go wrong,' Mark Cozad, acting associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corp.

As a result, US military officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, have said it would increase its movement of forces and assets into the Indo-Pacific region if Pelosi does decide to visit Taiwan.

The officials declined to provide details of their plans, but said that fighter jets, ships, surveillance assets and other military systems would likely be used to provide overlapping rings of protection for her flight to Taiwan and any time on the ground there, increasing the troops that are already in the area.

They also described the need to create buffer zones around the speaker and her plane and are reportedly considering deploying a multi-domain task force that would utilize missile, electronic and cyber capabilities in an integrated manner in Asia, according to the Japanese news outlet Nikkei News.

They also said that a stepped-up US military presence to safeguard Pelosi risked raising tensions.

'It is very possible that our attempts to deter actually send a much different signal than the one we intend to send,' Cozad said.

'And so you get into some sort of an escalatory spiral, where our attempts to deter are actually seen as increasingly provocative and vice versa. And that can be a very dangerous dynamic.'

On Wednesday, Biden told reporters he thought the US military believed a Pelosi visit to Taiwan was 'not a good idea right now'.

The Asian tour comes at a politically sensitive time for Chinese and US leaders.

Xi is expected to seek a precedent-breaking third term at a Congress later this year, while in the United States, Biden's Democratic Party will face a hard fight to retain control of the US House of Representatives at November's midterm elections.

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Which countries recognise Taiwan? History of the island and its ties with China explained .
The United States are close allies of Taiwan, but no quite close enough to have full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, none of them major economic or military powers. In Central and South America, Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Hondurs, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have full relations. In Oceania, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau and Tuvalu do so, while in Africa, Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, does. In Europe, the Vatican City is the only state that does so.

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