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China Warns US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Planned Visit To Taiwan Will Have Consequences

China Warns US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Planned Visit To Taiwan Will Have Consequences

China has vowed to take a “resolute and strong” response to any Taiwan visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, setting the stage for a possible showdown over the reported landmark trip. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tuesday Pelosi’s plan to lead a delegation to Taipei next month, which was reported by the Financial Times, would have a “grave impact” on US-China ties.

China had issued a similar warning about a planned Pelosi visit in April before she contracted COVID-19 and cancelled the trip. 

Al Jazeera quotes Zhao Lijian as saying the visit would seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the United States would bear the consequences of its response.

If her trip goes ahead, Pelosi will be the first sitting Speaker of the House to visit Taiwan since Newt Gingrich travelled to the territory in 1997 to meet then-President Lee Teng-hui.

The timing of Gingrich’s trip was noteworthy as it came a year after Taiwan’s first democratic elections were held in 1996.

Pelosi’s expected visit will take place at a significant low point for US-China and China-Taiwan relations. China is also preparing for its all-important Party Congress in October and the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1.

Wen-Ti Sung, who teaches at the Australian National University’s Taiwan Studies programme predicted that China might signal its discontent by sending People’s Liberation Army planes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), a stretch of land and sea along the Chinese coast monitored by the military. He told Al Jazeera:

Beijing will likely warn against potential collusion between US and Taiwan’s ruling DPP, possibly coupled with increase in PLA warplanes activities near Taiwan’s ADIZ. That will publicly register Beijing’s displeasure, but may be plausibly interpreted more as aimed at deterring Taiwan, than protesting against an American congressional leader.

China sees self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again. China’s President Xi Jinping has said “reunification” with Taiwan “must be fulfilled” – and has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve this.

However, Taiwan, an island, roughly 100 miles from the coast of southeast China, sees itself as an independent country, with its own constitution and democratically-elected leaders.

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21 Comments

Jack Bauer 3 weeks ago

Another war looming


Gwedu 3 weeks ago

Go ahead Pelosi l, make that visit ✔️Dawn for Taiwanese 🌄


Mangemba 3 weeks ago

why is it everything states touches turns to war?


Chimboti Pizza 3 weeks ago

Fair, US ndeyekushaya

Chichi Bae 3 weeks ago

Could Taiwan be the next Ukraine?


inini 4ox 3 weeks ago

it could be

MuPfungwe Chaiye 3 weeks ago

Welcome to WW3


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Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 3 weeks ago

Them Americano like poking nose in other states's business, in Zimbabwe its all because of them with their devide and rule strategy 😂

Koffi Annan said they designed sanctions to make citizen turn against their government...


qwerty 3 weeks ago

sanctions have done less damage to this economy than ZANU pf looters

HUAWEI user 3 weeks ago

America isn't made for peace making but otherwise


Tanaka21 3 weeks ago

God bless America 🙏


》》》 3 weeks ago

It's interesting kuti China's (and the East's) anti-imperialism what what has flown out of the window. Shows kuti it was all FAKE and was just a way of creating a false narrative that western countries are the bad countries.


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 weeks ago

шфйуйкф чйкфкь опюфгтьнеш засклюьм уклжщ?
[PAMBERI NE ZANU PF CHETE CHETE PASI NA CHAMISA]

Ndini wenyu
William Sonboy Chinembiri
(Original Bush Lawyer)


Blue 💙 3 weeks ago

Americans are warmongers


Mabhodhi 3 weeks ago

ngavakiyane tione


nutshell 3 weeks ago

if America continue with her stance towards Taiwan then the inevitable conflict will come early!


Gwedu 3 weeks ago

There is no independence without war, a revolution comes with a blood shed. Ngachitsve kana mini macho kuti zanu ibve panotoda ziku civil war chamvari... Zvagara this time tine G 40 haa toma mi sa vanhu


greyhora 3 weeks ago

sei muri mabharanzi? imi hamuoni kuti Taiwan does not want to have anything to do with China. Its their right,America munoiblamer papi ichisupporter vanhu vanoda kuva free. Isu toda kuva free from Zanu but iyo inoda kuti itimanikidze kuti tiyide waona manje. Taiwan is totally different from Ukraine baba. US has its presence in Taiwan & holds joint exercises so hapana hapana


Hwede 3 weeks ago

ngavarovane zvipere izvi🤷


Da Truth 3 weeks ago

Chinais like Zimbabwean s talk talk only no action .Vanamadyambwa Ava vanongowawata asi Havana Hondo yavanorwa ,Sadam vakati topindira akakwamurwa no action ,



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