The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, had planned to visit Taiwan for some time, but a bout with Covid delayed her trip until August. Even though the CCP has never governed the island, Chinese Communist Party officials were furious when word leaked that she would be appearing in what they consider a renegade province.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated in a statement released on Tuesday that it will “closely observe Pelosi’s itinerary” and take “strong and robust actions to protect China’s sovereignty.”
“We closely follow Pelosi’s itinerary. If the US insists on going its own way, China will take firm and powerful measures to safeguard China’s sovereignty and security interests,” warned a Chinese spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.
The People’s Liberation Army would not watch by by if Pelosi landed on their territory, as the Foreign Ministry warned yesterday.
Chinese authorities are enraged and have warned to take action after the United States provoked them over an island that China has long claimed as its own.
Tuesday at around 10:45 p.m. local time, Pelosi landed at Taipei’s Songshan Airport, making her the highest-ranking American official to visit the Asian nation in 25 years.
The House Speaker and her entourage disembarked from a US Air Force aircraft and were met by Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu and the highest US envoy in Taiwan, Sandra Oudkrik.
The world is preparing for China’s response after Chinese leader Xi Jinping told US President Joe Biden in a phone chat last week that “anyone plays with fire will get burned” if Pelosi is allowed to land in Taiwan.
Pelosi has been repeatedly cautioned against leaving, and the United States has advised Beijing not to aggravate the issue.
John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated on Monday “There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit consistent with longstanding US policy into some sort of crisis or conflict, or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait.”
Pelosi, eager to fan the flames, ignited the conflagration by tweeting:
“Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy. Our discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirm our support for our partner & promote our shared interests, including advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region.”
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Pelosi continued, “America’s solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important today than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy.”
The CCP reacted swiftly and angrily to Pelosi’s statement. According to CCP state-affiliated media outlet Xinhua News:
Spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense Wu Qian on Tuesday released a statement in response to the visit to China’s Taiwan region by Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The following is the full text of the remarks: CONTINUE READING…