US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has “laid a minefield at the intersection of Sino-US relations and the situation around the Taiwan Strait” and this could lead to a “tough response” from Beijing that only Washington will have to bear.
Chinese media have fired back at ground zero for speculation that Pelosi might visit the ‘rebellious’ island as part of her Asia mission. “Whether from the point of view of international law or international morality, it is legitimate and necessary for China to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity from provocation,” the Global Times said in an aggressive editorial. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “will track Pelosi’s plane in time. If detected flying in our airspace, PLA fighters may alert, track, intercept, electronically intercept, force a landing, or repel . . . there may be consequences. The process and responsibility rest entirely with the United States,” Peoples said. The Daily Tabloid added. “Some may say, is this not a move to provoke a war with the United States? In this regard, people may refer to China’s policies and positions on the trade war: ‘Don’t want a trade war, don’t be afraid. That and be ready to fight one if necessary “”.
Hu Zijin, a former editor of the Global Times who is now a regular commentator, said that “it would be an “invasion” if US fighters escorted Pelosi’s plane to Taiwan, as Taiwan is considered an “inalienable territory”. “of Chinese territory. Therefore, the PLA has the right to “forcefully eject” Pelosi’s plane and US jets, “using warning displays and tactical interception maneuvers. If ineffective, it may shoot them down,” Hu wrote on Twitter. China, meanwhile, is announcing new exercises in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, ramping up military operations in view of a possible visit to the island by President Nancy Pelosi. Today, according to Chinese state media, a group of Chinese forces 100 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan Limited-scale maneuvers will be held throughout the day on Pingtan Island in Fujian Province. A new round of drills is scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3 on the Lizhou Peninsula off Guangdong, according to the provincial maritime bureau. In the call, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned his US counterpart, Joe Biden, that on the rebel island, “he who plays with fire sets himself on fire”. The US administration has neither confirmed nor denied reports that Pelosi will make a stop in Taiwan on a rare tour of Asia. Pelosi’s mission to Taiwan is seen as a provocation by Beijing, which views the island as an “inalienable” part of its territory: her visit would be the highest-ranking US official since 1997, when the head of the then-Cameroon office did so. , Newt Gingrich.
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