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China warns of ‘resolute response’ if US President Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan


Nancy Pelosi has remained silent on her visit to Taiwan. (Case)

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China said Monday it was closely monitoring reports of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Taiwan and warned of a “resolute response” from its military and of “strong countermeasures” if she continued her trip to Taipei.

Ms Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan, according to CNN, citing senior Taiwanese and U.S. officials, despite warnings from Biden administration officials who are concerned about China’s response to such a high-profile visit.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province that must become part of the country. Beijing has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve the future reunification of Taiwan with the mainland.

Ms Pelosi, 82, confirmed on Sunday that she will lead a congressional delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, but was conspicuously silent on a possible stopover in Taiwan, the self-governing island that China claims as part of its continent.

Although there was no official announcement, local media in Taiwan reported that Ms Pelosi will arrive on Tuesday evening, becoming the highest-ranking American lawmaker to visit in more than 25 years.

Taiwanese media quoted officials as saying Ms Pelosi would arrive in Taipei after visiting Malaysia and spend the night there.

Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled a fiery response to the visit during his phone call with his US counterpart Joe Biden last Thursday, saying “those who play with fire will perish”.

Reacting to reports of his visit to Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a press conference here “we are closely following President Pelosi’s itinerary” and (we would give ) a resolute response if she continued her visit.

“As far as those measures go, let’s see what happens if she actually goes there,” he said. “We want to make it clear to the US side once again that the Chinese side is fully prepared for any eventuality and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never stand idly by, and we will make a resolute response and take countermeasures. -Strong measures to maintain China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The Chinese side has repeatedly made clear to the US side China’s grave concern over President Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan and its firm opposition to the visit, he said.

“We stressed that such a visit would have serious consequences. As President Xi Jinping stressed to US President Joe Biden during their phone call, the position of the Chinese government and people on the Taiwan issue is consistent and resolutely protect the Chinese nation. Sovereignty and territorial integrity are the firm will of more than 1.4 billion Chinese people,” he said.

“Public opinion cannot be challenged. Those who play with fire will perish. We believe the US side is fully aware of China’s strong and clear message,” he said.

“What the United States should do is abide by the ‘One China’ principle and the stipulations of the three Sino-American joint communiqués, abide by President Biden’s pledge not to support Taiwan independence, and not not arrange a visit by President Pelosi to Taiwan,” he added. he said.

Ms Pelosi, leading a U.S. congressional delegation, spoke to officials in Singapore on Monday at the start of her Asia tour, amid continued speculation about her visit to Taiwan.

CNN quoted a US official as saying Defense Department officials are working around the clock to monitor all Chinese movements in the region and get a plan to keep it safe.

Taiwan will offer Ms Pelosi a low-key but high-level welcome if the top Democratic Party leader defies repeated warnings from Beijing and pays an unannounced visit to the island, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

Whatever capacity Pelosi will travel to Taiwan in, she will receive the highest official reception, meeting Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and receiving treatment reserved for top foreign dignitaries, according to the report cited by analysts.

But they said Taipei would try to keep the trip low-key to avoid further upsetting Beijing, which again sounded a warning against the potential visit.

China’s military earlier said it would not sit down if Ms Pelosi continued her visit.

Tan Kefei, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said: “If President Pelosi visits Taiwan, it would seriously violate the ‘One China’ principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués, would seriously harm undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously damage the political foundation of China-US relations. »

“It will inevitably cause extremely serious damage to the relationship between the two countries and the two militaries, and lead to a further escalation of tensions across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

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