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Videos show military readiness and build-up in China amid tensions with Taiwan

Beijing says a visit by Pelosi would violate the one-China principle.

New Delhi:

As tensions continue to build over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, social media users have reported spotting numerous movements of armored vehicles and other military equipment near the border with the island nation that China claims as its own territory.

Chinese social media handle “Yin Sura” posted a video clip showing a column of Chinese armored vehicles on a busy road as they drove past.

Another video, shot from a pedestrian bridge, gives a bird’s eye view of tanks rolling down the roads.

The following video from the thread shows trucks carrying tanks parked on it.

Beijing has warned that Ms Pelosi’s visit will have “very serious” consequences. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the visit is by no means a personal act and that if the United States goes ahead, China will “legitimately take all countermeasures.” necessary measures”.

The White House, meanwhile, has warned China against overreacting and has deployed four warships to the east of the island on “routine” deployments.

Chinese and Taiwanese media have also released carefully edited videos demonstrating their preparedness for war and showcasing deadly weapons.

A social media user named “flash” posted a video purporting to show the Taiwanese defense’s combat vigilance.

Meanwhile, Chinese state-affiliated media, The Global Times, released a video with the caption “Ready for battle! introducing his assault ship.

Russia backed China, warning Washington that such a provocative trip would put the United States on a collision course with Beijing.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden against playing with fire on Taiwan during a call last week, but three sources told Reuters on Tuesday that Pelosi was still set to visit the island.

Beijing has said a visit by Pelosi would contravene the one-China principle that Washington has pledged to uphold.


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