Beijing increases threats against the trip of the president of the House of Representatives: we could shoot down her plane
China announces new exercises in the Taiwan Strait and in the South China Sea, increasing military activities in view of the possible trip to the island by the president of the American House Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi “has laid a mine where China-US relations and the situation around the Taiwan Strait converge” and could be the cause of a “tough response” from Beijing which Washington will only have to take on. The Chinese media have fired at zero altitude against the hypothesis that Pelosi may visit the ‘rebel’ island, part of her mission in Asia.
According to Chinese state media, limited-range maneuvers will be held throughout the day today in an area just over 100 kilometers from the Taiwanese coast and a new round of exercises has already been scheduled for 2 and 3 August.
Hu Xijin, former editor of the Global Times newspaper of which he is now a follow-up commentator, threatened that “if American fighters escort Pelosi’s plane to Taiwan” it would be an “invasion”, as Taiwan is considered an “inalienable” part. of the Chinese territory. The Chinese military, therefore, “has the right to forcibly drive out” Pelosi’s plane and US jets, using “warning shots and tactical obstruction movements. If ineffective, it can shoot them down,” Hu wrote on Twitter.
Tensions between China and the US have grown over Taiwan: on Thursday, in their first phone call in four months, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned his American counterpart Joe Biden that, on the rebel island, “Whoever plays with fire will get burned”.
The US administration has neither confirmed nor denied that Pelosi will make a stop in Taiwan on the tour of Asia that will officially take her to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. Beijing sees Pelosi’s mission to Taiwan as a provocation, given that it considers the island an “inalienable” part of its territory: his visit would be that of a higher-ranking US official than the one made in 1997 by the then president of the Camera, Newt Gingrich.