China’s military warns it will respond to Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan

Taiwan assures its Armed Forces are ready to “respond to any contingency”

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei has warned that the Chinese military will not stand idly by in the face of a possible visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

As Tan stressed, the United States must keep its promise “not to support Taiwan independence,” so if Washington insists on Pelosi’s visit to the island, China will act immediately to undermine any foreign interference or pro-independence scenario.

The Defense Ministry spokesman remarked that this hypothetical response would be aimed at all times at safeguarding China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

“If President Pelosi visits Taiwan, it would seriously violate the ‘One China’ principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués (…) and seriously damage the political basis of China-US relations,” Tan stressed.

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Finally, the Chinese official stressed that Pelosi’s possible trip to the island would do “extremely serious” damage to relations between Beijing and Washington, and would even lead to a further escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

Later, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has taken advantage of the situation to, without mentioning the tensions between China and the United States, extol her Armed Forces and ensure their readiness in the face of “any contingency.”

As confirmed by the president of the island in her profile on the social network Twitter, this Tuesday she attended in person the Han Kuang training, an annual military test of the Taiwanese Armed Forces.

“His execution of a variety of live-fire drills gives me confidence in our Army’s ability and determination to respond to any contingency,” Tsai said in a post accompanied by photographs of the training.

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Relations between China and Taiwan were suspended in 1949 after Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Party forces led by Chiang Kai Shek suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party of China and moved to the island of Taiwan.

The Asian giant considers Taiwan as its rebel province, despite the fact that the island has declared its independence and is supported by the United States and the European Union.

In this context, Pelosi’s possible visit, which could occur in August, would have a historic scope because she would be the first speaker of the lower house of the U.S. Congress to travel to Taiwan since Republican Newt Gingrich in 1997.

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