If House Speaker Pelosi travelled to Taiwan, the US would face dire repercussions, the Foreign Ministry of China said.
“If Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, visits Taiwan, the Chinese military won’t stand by and do nothing. She holds the third-ranking position in the US government, and a trip to Taiwan will have significant political ramifications “Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, stated at a press briefing in Beijing today.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is currently travelling around Asia, with Singapore as her first stop. The delegation was scheduled to visit Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, according to an announcement made on July 31 by the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, but Taiwan was left out.
The bilateral relationship between the US and China has traditionally been dominated by the question of Taiwan. China has stated its willingness to use force if necessary and has always regarded Taiwan as a colony in need of reunification.
Despite its commitment to upholding the “One China” policy, the US nonetheless maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan and supplies the island nation with cutting-edge armaments. China has threatened that if the US “does not correctly handle the Taiwan issue,” their relationship “would be shattered.”
The trip to Taiwan that Ms. Pelosi had scheduled for April had to be cancelled after she was found to have nCoV. At the time, Wang Yi, the foreign minister of China, called the trip a “malicious provocation.” Chinese President Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden over the phone on July 28 that “those who play with fire would get burned.”
China was “seriously prepared,” according to spokesman Zhao Lijian, who also did not rule out taking military action if US House of Representatives speaker visited Taiwan. When questioned by reporters whether China would retaliate with diplomatic or military methods, he did not mention any specific choices, but he did state that the US would be responsible for any significant consequences brought on by the visit.
On July 23, six sources with knowledge of the situation were cited by The Financial Times as saying that Beijing had warned Washington in secret, using language that was much harsher than it had previously used in its public statements, and that Chinese officials had indicated their readiness for military action.
According to sources, China may use military force to prevent Ms. Pelosi from reaching the island of Taiwan or to dispatch fighter planes to surround and disrupt the military plane that is transporting her there. To prepare for possible outcomes in the event that Ms. Pelosi visited the island of Taiwan, it appears that the US military is moving more personnel and supplies throughout the Indo-Pacific region.