World China/Taiwan – Taiwan’s military raises alert status ahead of Pelosi’s possible trip to the island
Congress Warns China to Chill on Pelosi’s Potential Trip to Taiwan
As rumors swirl that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress may be jetting off to Taiwan in the coming days, China is threatening a forceful retaliation. But U.S. lawmakers have their own message for China and President Xi Jinping: Don’t mess with us. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, warned that if China has learned any lessons from Russia’s war in Ukraine, Beijing ought to stand down. “China is playing with fire there if they learn the wrong lesson from Ukraine, if they think that they can violently violate Taiwan's territorial integrity that they wouldn’t suffer reputational and economic damage,” Swalwell told The Dai
Taiwan's military has raised its alert status in the face of the possibility of a visit to the island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and warnings by China against such a trip.
Sources quoted by the Taiwanese state news agency, CNA, have indicated that the Army has increased its combat readiness, a decision that will be in place until Thursday and could be adjusted depending on the actions taken by Beijing during the next hours.
However, it has clarified that the decision does not imply that the troops are currently in an "emergency" situation, without Washington having clarified whether Pelosi, who is currently on a tour of East Asia, will finally make a stop on the island.
China slams Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit as ‘extremely dangerous’
Beijing says US politician is ‘playing with fire’ as she visits Taiwan amid heightened US-China tensions.Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday on a trip she said demonstrates the United States’ solidarity with the self-governed island, which China claims as part of its own territory.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has defended in recent hours that Pelosi "has the right" to travel to Taiwan if she so chooses and added that the Administration will not take action on the matter. "Our responsibility is to make sure that she and her team have all the information they need," he stressed.
THE CHINESE POSITION The Chinese government, for its part, has reaffirmed that Beijing's response will be "forceful" in case Pelosi lands on Taiwanese soil and has stressed that they are "closely following the itinerary". "If the United States ignores the opinion of others, China will not hesitate to take strong measures to defend its sovereignty and security interests," said the spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry of the Asian giant, Hua Chunying.
Chinese military drills have invaded Taiwan's territory, says defence ministry
Chinese military exercises near Taiwan have encroached on the island's territory and amount to a blockade of its sea and air space, the defence ministry has said. © Other A Taiwan navy ship patrolling the waters between the island and the Chinese mainland The exercises by the Chinese navy and air force are seen as a direct response to the visit to Taiwan of top US politician Nancy Pelosi, the most senior American politician to visit in 25 years.The Taiwan Defence Ministry said China had broken UN rules and it would counter any incursions into its territory.
She has also reiterated that China opposes "separatism, secession and outside interference" in Taiwan-related affairs. "It will never leave a margin of maneuver to the forces that advocate independence," she has asserted, according to a statement from the Ministry.
The spokeswoman has thus clarified as "unwavering" the will of the more than 1.4 billion Chinese who seek to "reunify their homeland", as she stressed despite the fact that there is no official confirmation of the possible visit.
Many believe that the military exercises carried out by the Chinese Army in the South China Sea throughout this week seek to avoid a visit by Pelosi to the island, according to information from the 'Soutch China Morning Post' newspaper.
Also, the Chinese Navy is scheduled to conduct maneuvers until Saturday, so it is forbidden to sail through some areas of the South China Sea.
As Pelosi departs, Taiwan reflects on controversial US visit
Taiwanese experts reassured of US support as China gears up for military drills in waters surrounding island.In response to Pelosi’s visit, China announced live-fire military exercises across six zones in waters surrounding the island of Taiwan that will start on Thursday and continue through Sunday.
Pelosi's visit, which would be the first by a Speaker of the House of Representatives in 25 years, is not on Pelosi's schedule or public itinerary. However, Taiwanese sources indicate that she may spend a night on the island although the exact date for this is unknown.
For their part, Chinese authorities announced on Friday that a military drill would be held around Taiwan, days after Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei warned that the Chinese military would not stand idly by in the face of Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan.
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.
Even the People of Taiwan Say Pelosi Is Just ‘Causing Trouble’ and Should Have ‘Sacrificed’ Over-Hyped Trip .
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her entourage including five other members of Congress arrived in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei in a blaze of lights and state-making Tuesday night after a five-hour flight from Malaysia and promptly went to their hotel for a little rest. If her arrival seemed like a triumph of defiance against threats from the mainland capital of Beijing, there was far from universal applause among the locals despite her claim that the visit was “part of our unwavering commitment” to Taiwan.Nor was everyone convinced the visit shows “America’s solidarity with the 23 million people onTaiwan more closely than ever,” as she said in her arrival statement.