World: Pentagon is prepared to protect Pelosi with fighter jets and ships if she visits Taiwan after China warned her not to, report says

UK warns about China's 'warfighting' nuclear weapons as Taiwan crisis looms

  UK warns about China's 'warfighting' nuclear weapons as Taiwan crisis looms China is developing nuclear weapons designed for battlefield use and “to coerce others,” a senior British official warned as world leaders brace for a new Taiwan crisis. “We must acknowledge that existing nuclear states are investing in novel nuclear technologies and developing new warfighting nuclear systems, which they are integrating into their military strategies and doctrines and into their political rhetoric to seek to coerce others,” U.K. National Security Adviser Sir Stephen Lovegrove told the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (center) leaves her weekly news conference accompanied by staff and security. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (center) leaves her weekly news conference accompanied by staff and security. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is tentatively planning to travel to Taiwan in August.
  • China has repeatedly warned against the trip and threatened military action if it goes ahead.
  • US officials told the AP the DOD would protect Pelosi with fighter jets and warships if she visits.

The Pentagon is prepared to send fighter jets and warships to protect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she visits Taiwan, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, amid China's threat to take military action if she goes.

A delegation of US lawmakers visits Taiwan, less than 2 weeks after Pelosi's visit

  A delegation of US lawmakers visits Taiwan, less than 2 weeks after Pelosi's visit The de-facto US embassy in Taiwan said the delegation will meet with officials in Taiwan to discuss US-Taiwan relations and regional security.His political team is even getting ready for a spring reelection announcement, according to the Washington Post.

The AP reported, citing unnamed US officials, that the Department of Defense had been developing security plans to keep Pelosi safe should her trip to Taiwan in August go ahead.

The officials said the plans likely involve sending fighter jets, ships, and surveillance assets to protect her on her flights to and out of Taiwan as well as on the ground.

The report comes amid China's repeated warnings that Pelosi not visit the self-ruling island, which it sees as part of China.

Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's defense ministry, said on Tuesday that Pelosi's visit would "seriously harm China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously damage the political foundation of China-US relations."

Tan also threatened military action, adding: "If the US insists on taking its own course, the Chinese military will never sit idly by, and it will definitely take strong actions to thwart any external force's interference.

Pelosi was supposed to travel to Taiwan in April but did not end up going because she tested positive for the coronavirus. She has a tentative trip planned for August, the Financial Times reported, but it has not been confirmed.

"I don't ever discuss my travel plans. It's a matter of security," Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday.

China has long claimed that Taiwan — located around 100 miles away from its east coast — is part of the mainland, which Taiwan opposes. China has vocally opposed any recognition of Taiwan as its own country.

In recent months, the country has stepped up its rhetoric and military actions toward Taiwan, with Chinese planes carrying out multiple training exercises near Taiwan's air space.

The US publicly showed support for Taiwan after Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year. Taiwanese leaders have expressed fears that China would do the same in Taiwan.

It is not abnormal to implement additional safety measures for senior leaders who are traveling overseas, but the officials told the AP that Pelosi would receive more security than usual.

The Department of Defense and representatives for Pelosi did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

If Pelosi's trip is confirmed, she would be the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in over 20 years.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Indiana governor in Taiwan following high-profile US visits .
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Indiana's Republican governor met with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen Monday morning, following two recent high-profile visits by U.S. politicians that drew China's ire and Chinese military drills that included firing missiles over the island. Gov. Eric Holcomb arrived Sunday evening in Taiwan for a four-day visit that will focus on economic exchange, particularly semiconductors, according to a statement from his office. His visit is coming at a tense moment for Taiwan, China and the U.S. after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this month.

See also