Chinese military command on the frontline of the Taiwan Strait has threatened to neutralize any foreign enemy entering the disputed waterway without permission as tensions rise over a possible visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
To mark the 95th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army, China’s Eastern Theater Command published a video on Monday showing the country’s military prowess, including missile launches, amphibious landings and other displays of force on air, land and sea. Are included. The clip, which was posted on social media website Sina Weibo, was accompanied by slogans such as “bury any invading enemy” and “always ready to fight”.
That first phrase was also soon shared on Twitter by Cao Yi, a Chinese diplomat in Lebanon.
On the same day, China’s Maritime Security Administration announced that military exercises would be conducted in the South China Sea from August 2 to August 6.
The exercise will take place when Pelosi travels to the region officially scheduled to take her to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, but comes after weeks of speculation whether she would visit Taiwan or not. A self-ruled island claimed by China.
Pelosi arrived in Singapore on Monday but neither she nor her office have officially confirmed or denied her possible trip to Taiwan. However, Chinese officials have increasingly reacted with unbridled rhetoric to the reports, which will arrive at the earliest on Tuesday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in a press briefing on Monday that “the Chinese side has repeatedly clarified to the US side that we have serious concerns over the possible visit of Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan and our strong opposition to the visit.” .
“We have been emphasizing that such a tour would have dire consequences.”
Zhao also recited a warning allegedly given directly to President Joe Biden by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during his call last Thursday.
“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,” said Zhao.
“Public opinion cannot be disregarded. Those who play with fire will be destroyed by it. We believe the US side is fully aware of China’s strong and clear message.”
Zhao said Beijing would “closely follow Speaker Pelosi’s itinerary” and that “his visit to Taiwan would constitute gross interference in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, a- China will deliberately trample on the principle, greatly threatens peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, seriously undermines Sino-US relations, and poses a very serious situation and serious consequences.”
He also reiterated Chinese military warnings, stating that “the Chinese side is fully prepared for any eventuality and the People’s Liberation Army of China will never sit idly by, and we will resolutely respond and defend China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Will take strong countermeasures to maintain integrity.”
“What the US should do is comply with the One-China principle and the terms of the three Sino-US joint communiqué, fulfill President Biden’s commitment not to support ‘Taiwan independence,’ and not to arrange for a visit by Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan.” ,” said Zhao.
The US does not have official ties with Taiwan, breaking ties in 1979 when Washington changed its recognition from Taipei to Beijing. But the US has maintained informal ties, including political and defense support, which have grown in recent years, angering China.
This is a developing news. More information will be added as it becomes available.