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China vows 'forceful measures' if US House Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 10:14 AM  [ Last Update: Tuesday, 19 July 2022 10:24 AM ]
US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

In this file photo, US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, holds her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2020. (By AFP)

China’s foreign ministry on Tuesday warned that Beijing would take "forceful measures" if US House speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Chinese Taipei in August as reported by sections of US media.

The ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in a regular press briefing said Beijing will take strong measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity while asserting that any visit to the island without China’s consent amounts to a violation of the One-China principle.

According to reports, Pelosi is due to visit Chinese Taipei in August. She will be among the highest-ranking US officials to visit the self-ruled territory.

Pelosi’s plan to lead a delegation to Taipei next month was reported first by the Financial Times.

Lijian warned that it would have a “grave impact” on US-China ties. China had issued a similar warning about a planned Pelosi visit in April.

The US House speaker's trip to the Asian continent, originally scheduled to take place in April, was held back after she contracted COVID-19.  

At the time, China said such a visit would severely affect Chinese-US relations, which are already fractured. 

She will be the first sitting US House speaker to visit Chinese Taipei since 1997 when Newt Gingrich traveled to the territory to meet then-Taipei president Lee Teng-hui.

China, which enjoys sovereignty over Taiwan, has repeatedly warned the US against formal ties with the self-ruled territory.

The US does not have a formal diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, however, under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, Washington is allowed to sell arms to the island. Beijing maintains that weapon sales to the island violate China’s sovereignty.

The US also recognizes Chinese sovereignty over the island, but in an attempted affront to China and violation of its official policy, Washington constantly sells weapons to the Chinese Taipei leadership.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his April meeting with Emmanuel Bonne, the diplomatic adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron, said Pelosi’s visit to Chinese Taipei would constitute “gross interference in China’s internal affairs.”  

He asserted that the trip would send “an extremely dangerous signal to the outside world.

Pelosi, a long-time critic of China, had a virtual meeting with the island's vice president William Lai in January after his visit to the United States and Honduras.

The White House had expressed concern about Pelosi's trip, the Financial Times said, citing three people familiar with the situation. The report there were divisions in the Biden administration over whether Pelosi should visit Taiwan.

The reports about Pelosi’s August visit come after China asked the United States on Monday to immediately cancel a potential sale of military-technical assistance to Taiwan worth an estimated $108 million.

The Chinese Taipei remains China’s most sensitive territorial issue and a major bone of contention with Washington. China has repeatedly warned the US against any formal relations with the government in Taipei.

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Chinese Military Will Not Sit Back if Pelosi Visits Taiwan: MoD

 8 hours ago  July 27, 2022

China’s Ministry of National Defense, Tan Kefei, warned on Tuesday that the Chinese military will not sit back if US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan. His statement was made in response to a press inquiry regarding the issue.

China demands that the United States keep its promise that it would not support “Taiwan independence,” Tan said, adding that if Washington insists on making the visit, the Chinese military will take strong actions to counter any external interference or “Taiwan independence” separatist scheme, and will be determined in safeguarding China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China has repeatedly explained to the United States its firm opposition to Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan, Tan noted.

“If Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan, it would seriously violate the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-U.S. joint communiques, seriously harm China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously damage the political foundation of China-U.S. relations,” Tan said.

It will undeniably result in extremely serious damage to the ties between the two countries and the two militaries, and would lead to further escalation of the tensions across the Taiwan Strait, the spokesperson said.


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US fighter jets, ships ready if Pelosi travels to Taiwan: report

Timothy Nerozzi
Wed, July 27, 2022 at 5:53 AM

The United States military is making preparations ahead of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's planned visit to Taiwan.

While the speaker's trip to the nation of Taiwan remains unconfirmed and without a hard timeframe, Chinese officials have already taken issue with the idea.

The U.S. military is prepared for every contingency and would increase its movement of forces and assets in the Indo-Pacific region.

Officials told The Associated Press 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.

China's government warned last week it would take "forceful measures" if Pelosi visited Taiwan after the Financial Times reported she would travel to the Chinese-claimed island nation next month.


The island of Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, is just off the coast of Asia's mainland. Taiwan has declared itself independent of the People's Republic of China and has claimed continuation of governance from pre-revolutionary China.

The People's Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of ocean between the island of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. The Chinese military has frequently sent planes into the area, testing Taiwan's air defense zone.


The United States does not have official relations with Taiwan but has been stepping up engagement with the island as China seeks to isolate it from global institutions.

The former chief editor of the Chinese Communist Party's state tabloid, the Global Times, suggested the country detain and punish Pelosi for visiting Taiwan.

Pelosi and her delegation would also visit Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore and spend time in Hawaii at the headquarters of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the London paper added, citing people familiar with the matter. https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-fighter-jets-ships-ready-125336471.html

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Taiwan ‘to Bear the Wrath of Beijing’ in Case of Pelosi’s Visit: Newspaper

 2 hours ago  July 28, 2022


It will be very difficult for Taiwan’s administration to refuse to receive Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, but if the visit takes place, the island’s authorities will have to ‘to bear the wrath of Beijing’, the leading Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post said on Thursday.

On the one hand, the newspaper notes, Pelosi’s visit to the island would show that Taipei has Washington’s support and boost the chances of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party to win the November midterm elections. But at the same time, the consequences of such a visit, which Beijing strongly warns against, would be an increase in China’s military pressure on the island.


“It would be extremely difficult for the government of President Tsai Ing-wen to decline Pelosi’s offer to visit, given [her position in US politics] and that she has long been known for her support for Taiwan,” Wang Kung-yi, director of the Taiwan International Strategic Study Society, said, “But if Pelosi does visit, the Tsai government will have to bear the wrath of Beijing, which has already threatened to take forceful measures [if it goes ahead],” he noted.

Another Taiwanese analyst, Chieh Chung, warned that Beijing would significantly ramp up military pressure on the island during Pelosi’s visit. In particular, the People’s Liberation Army of China, according to him, may send warships over the median line, Taiwan’s air defense identification zone across the midline of the strait separating the mainland and the islands. The People’s Liberation Army of China could also hold live-fire drills near Taiwan’s southern coast involving warships and attack drones.


Earlier, there were reports in the media that Pelosi, who occupies the third most important post in the US government hierarchy, intended to visit the island in August. It was noted that Pelosi had planned to visit Taiwan back in April, but postponed the trip because of the coronavirus. The visit would have been the first visit to the island by the speaker of the US House of Representatives in 25 years. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said Beijing would take drastic measures in case of the visit.


Experts note that Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan increases the threat of a military conflict between the People’s Liberation Army of China and the US Armed Forces. According to some analysts, the Chinese military may declare a no-fly zone and a restricted shipping zone under the pretext of military drills near the Taiwan Strait, which would force Pelosi’s plane to change its route if she still insists on visiting the island. https://english.manartv.com.lb/1652400

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Pelosi to visit Taiwan tomorrow, flouting Biden administration

Aug 1, 2022

Taiwanese media are reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be landing at Taipei Airport tomorrow evening at half-past-ten.

Pelosi's visit is being made despite threats from China that it will respond with military force. She will be meeting with Taiwan's President, Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, during her trip.

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On 8/1/2022 at 8:20 AM, KingKitty said:

The American people, represented by Brer Rabbit:


"Oh please China, what ever you do, don't shoot down Nancy's plane!"


China storms beach near Taiwan and vows to 'fight to the death' amid US tensions

Jessica Kwong - 10h ago

China piled a beach opposite Taiwan with tanks and vowed to fight ‘to the death’ as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touched down in the self-ruled island for the highest-level visit by a US official in a quarter century. Tanks lined the Fujian coast by the Taiwan Strait in dramatic video shared on the Chinese social network Weibo, and it appeared military equipment was being transferred in Xiamen. Chinese warplanes jetted along the Taiwan Strait. The setup for a standoff unfolded as Pelosi landed in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei on Tuesday, despite strong objections and warnings from the Chinese government. Wearing a pink suit and face mask, Pelosi stepped down a US Air Force plane and waved, surrounded by Taiwanese officials.  Shortly after touching down, Pelosi stated that her visit ‘honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy’.


‘Our discussions with Taiwan leadership will focus on reaffirming our support for our partner and on promoting our shared interests, including advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region,’ stated Pelosi. ‘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.’ Pelosi landed a day after China released propaganda showing its soldiers primed to fight to the end.  ‘We are fully prepared for any eventuality. Fight upon order, bury every intruder, and move toward joint and successful operations,’ said the troops, according to the state media tabloid The Global Times. ‘We are PLA soldiers, we swear to defend the motherland to the death.’ After Pelosi landed, China’s Foreign Ministry condemned the trip, saying it ‘seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously undermines the political foundation of Sino-US relations and sends a seriously wrong signal to the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces’.


Meanwhile the Chinese Communist Party’s Taiwan Affairs Office stated that any effort by Taiwan to seek independence would be ‘shattered by the powerful force of the Chinese people’.  Pelosi’s stop in Taiwan was not part of her Asia trip itinerary, but was a point of discussion for weeks before she took off form the US. Beijing on Monday warned that Pelosi visiting the democratic island would have an ‘egregious political impact’. The Chinese military ‘won’t sit by idly’ in the event of a threat to ‘sovereignty and territorial integrity’, China said.

President Joe Biden has said he will defend Taiwan if a conflict breaks out. In a lengthy phone call last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Biden that the US was ‘playing with fire’ if Pelosi went through with her visit.

Pelosi, the second in the line of succession to the presidency after Vice President Kamala Harris, has long been a vocal critic of Beijing. Beijing claims that Taiwan belongs to China, but the Taiwanese say they are a separate country.


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On 8/3/2022 at 12:03 AM, Mikhail Liebestein said:

Pelosi is already there, it will just fizzle out rather than fissile out!!!

Most likely it's just all talk from China but read.


China moving towards use of force: Blinken

Sat, August 6, 2022 at 3:23 AM

STORY: At a news conference in Manila with his Philippines counterpart, Blinken said the United States would work to ensure communication channels with China remained open to prevent miscommunication.

Blinken also chided Beijing for retaliatory actions that went beyond firing missiles to walking away from climate change talks.

"Countries around the region and around the world… expect us, the United States and China, to manage our differences responsibly," he said.

Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Enrique Manalo, welcomed assurances from Blinken that they would work closely with new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr's administration, and look at promoting regional peace and stability.  https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-moving-towards-force-blinken-102312708.html

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