China Threatens Nancy Pelosi’s Silent Taiwan Visit—Totally

China has made several threats over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Taiwan, an independently governed country that the People’s Republic sees as part of its territory.

China has vowed to claim Taiwan as Chinese territory – by force if necessary.

Beijing and Washington have been at a diplomatic standoff over Pelosi’s silent planned visit and recognition of Taiwan’s independence from China.

Tingting Liu, a journalist for Taiwan’s news channel TVBS, said on Monday, informed of Sources had said that his Pelosi would reach the capital Taipei on Tuesday night. CNN also reported that the visit is expected to go ahead, citing Taiwan and US officials. It will be the first time the US House speaker has visited the self-governing island since Newt Gingrich’s arrival in 1997.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has threatened the US over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Taiwan, which it views as Chinese territory. Above, Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020.
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A trip to Taiwan is not scheduled for Pelosi’s official schedule, but she is scheduled to meet officials in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Senior Democrats and several other delegates visited Singapore on Monday.

The Taiwanese government has not commented on Pelosi’s planned visit.

Beijing has clarified several times that such a visit would be provocative. Here are the details of China’s threats to travel.

July 19

Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian said: “If Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan, it will seriously violate the One-China Principle and the terms in the three Sino-US joint communiqués and damage China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Its There will be serious negative impacts. The political foundation of Sino-US relations, and ‘Taiwan independence’ sends a serious wrong signal to separatist forces. China strongly opposes such a visit.”

“The US should not arrange for Speaker Pelosi to visit Taiwan territory and stop official talks with Taiwan, stop creating factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Straits, and support ‘Taiwan independence. Follow America’s commitment not to.” If the US side insists on doing otherwise, China will take strong and resolute measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The US must take full responsibility for any ensuing consequences,” he said.

21 July

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said: “The US side insists on traveling, China will respond strongly to this and take strong action to retaliate. We mean what we say.”

July 25

Lijian said: “The Chinese side has repeatedly made it clear to the American side that we have serious concerns about Speaker Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan and our strong opposition to the visit. We are fully prepared for any eventuality. The US side insists on travel, the Chinese side will take strong and stern measures to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity. The US must take full responsibility for any dire consequences.”

July 27

Lijian threatened “firm and firm measures” if Pelosi visited Taiwan.

“The US will be responsible for all dire consequences,” Zhao said.

June 29

Zhao said that if Pelosi visited Taiwan, the Chinese military would “never sit idly by, and would certainly be strong and determined to thwart any interference from outside forces and separatist efforts for ‘Taiwan independence’.” will remedy.”

“We Chinese mean what we say,” he reiterated.

“We are closely following Speaker Pelosi’s itinerary. His visit to Taiwan would be a major interference in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, deliberately tramp on the one-China principle.” , Peace and stability throughout the country will be at great risk. The Taiwan Strait seriously undermines Sino-US relations and poses a very serious situation and dire consequences.”

Lijian said China will take “strong and resolute measures to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

August 1

Following CNN and TVBS news about Pelosi’s visit, China’s foreign ministry said: “China will take firm and strong measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity. As far as we actually take measures, let’s wait.” do it and see if she dares to [sic] Travel.”

Zhao Lijian told a news conference that such a visit would have “serious consequences”.

“As President Xi Jinping emphasized to US President Joe Biden in his phone call, the position of the Chinese government and people on the question of Taiwan is consistent, and firmly defends China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity of more than 1.4 billion.” Strong will. Chinese people. Public opinion cannot be avoided. Those playing with fire will perish. We believe the US side is fully aware of China’s strong and clear message.”

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