China warns of “very serious situation and consequences” if Nancy Pelosi makes a visit to Taiwan
Beijing — China has warned the United States that there will be a “very serious situation and consequences” if US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes an unannounced visit to Taiwan.
Foreign Office spokesman Zhao Lijian told the press in Beijing on Monday that such a visit would be a “blatant interference in China’s internal affairs.”
“The Chinese side is comprehensively prepared for all eventualities,” Zhao Lijian said of speculation that Pelosi might visit Taiwan this week as part of her Asia trip.
“The People’s Liberation Army will not stand idly by, and the Chinese side will certainly take strong and decisive measures to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
The first stop of her Asia trip in Singapore on Monday included talks with the government and a reception hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce.
Pelosi also plans to visit Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. Taiwan is not on her official itinerary, but Chinese state media expressed fears that she might disregard warnings from Beijing and travel there after all.
A visit by the 82-year-old would be the highest-ranking US visit to Taipei in decades. Pelosi is number three in the US after the president and his deputy.
China’s leadership regards Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic and rejects official contacts between its diplomatic partners and the government in Taipei. Taiwan, which has 23 million inhabitants, has long considered itself independent.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has heightened fears that China could annex the democratic island republic by force. Tensions over Taiwan have not been as high since the 1990s.
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