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China warns of ‘resolute response’ if US Senator Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan

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Press Trust of India

China on Monday stated it’s retaining a detailed watch on stories of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s deliberate go to to Taiwan and warned of a “resolute response” by its navy and “strong countermeasures” if she went forward with the journey to Taipei.

Pelosi is anticipated to go to Taiwan, CNN quoted senior Taiwanese and US officers as saying regardless of warnings from the Biden administration officers, who’re frightened about China’s response to such a high-profile go to.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province that should turn out to be part of the nation. Beijing has not dominated out the attainable use of drive to attain the reunification of Taiwan with the mainland sooner or later.

Pelosi, 82, confirmed on Sunday she is going to lead a congressional delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan however was conspicuously silent a few attainable visit Taiwan, the self-governing island that China claims as a part of its mainland.

While there have been no official bulletins, native media in Taiwan reported that Pelosi will arrive on Tuesday evening, changing into the highest-ranking elected US official to go to in additional than 25 years.

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Taiwanese media quoted officers as saying that Pelosi would arrive in Taipei after visiting Malaysia and spend the evening.

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke of a fiery response to the go to in his telephone name along with his US counterpart Joe Biden final Thursday, stating that “those who play with fire will perish by it.” Reacting to the stories of her go to to Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian instructed a media briefing right here “we are closely following the itinerary of Speaker Pelosi” and (we’d) give a resolute response if she went forward with the go to.

“As for what those measures will be, let’s see what happens if she actually goes,” he stated.

“We want to once again make it clear to the US side that the Chinese side is fully prepared for any eventuality and that the People’s Liberation Army of China will never sit idly by, and we will make a resolute response and take strong countermeasures to uphold China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The Chinese facet has repeatedly made clear to the US facet China’s critical concern over Speaker Pelosi’s potential go to to Taiwan and its agency opposition to the go to, he stated.

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“We have been stressing that such a visit would lead to serious consequences. As President Xi Jinping stressed to US President Joe Biden in their phone call, the position of the Chinese government and people on the Taiwan question is consistent, and resolutely safeguarding China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity is the firm will of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese people,” he stated.

“The public opinion cannot be defied. Those who play with fire will perish by it. We believe that the US side is fully aware of China’s strong and clear message,” he stated.

“What the US should do is to abide by the ‘One China’ principle and the stipulations of the three Sino-US joint communiques, fulfill President Biden’s commitment of not supporting Taiwan’s independence and not arrange for a visit by Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan,” he stated.

Pelosi heading a US Congressional delegation on Monday held talks with officers in Singapore initially of her Asian tour whereas hypothesis remained rife about her Taiwan go to.

CNN quoted a US official as saying that Defence Department officers are working across the clock on monitoring any Chinese actions within the area and securing a plan to maintain her secure.

Taiwan will give Pelosi a low-profile however high-level reception if the senior Democratic Party chief defies Beijing’s repeated warnings and makes an unannounced go to to the island, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

Regardless of the capability by which Pelosi travels to Taiwan, she shall be given the best official reception, assembly Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and receiving therapy reserved for high overseas dignitaries,the report quoted analysts as saying.

But they stated Taipei would attempt to preserve the journey low-profile to keep away from additional antagonising Beijing, which once more sounded a warning in opposition to the potential go to.

The Chinese navy earlier stated it is not going to sit again if Pelosi went forward with the go to.

Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defence stated “if Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan, it would seriously violate the ‘One China’ principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiques, seriously harm China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and seriously damage the political foundation of China-US relations.” “It will inevitably result in extremely serious damage to the relations between the two countries and the two militaries, and lead to further escalation of the tensions across the Taiwan Strait,” he stated.

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