Taiwanese military “increased” the level of “operational readiness” from this morning “in response to Chinese military exercises”
The speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is expected in Taiwan at 22.20 local time, 16.20 in Italy. She writes the newspaper of the island Liberty Times, according to which Pelosi should leave tomorrow in the middle of the day.
Meanwhile, even if it is not “emergency”, the Taiwanese military has “increased” the level of “operational readiness” since this morning “in response to Chinese military exercises”. The CNA agency writes this, quoting a well-informed source who speaks of the “military threat” represented by the Chinese movements.
The same source specifies that a “normal” level of “operational readiness” remains, according to the island’s two-tier system (which China considers a “rebel province”), and that therefore there has not been an increase to “emergency”.
Yesterday, the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army released a video dedicated to maneuvers by the Armed Forces with the caption “ready to fight”.
China’s military will not stand by whether US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi travels to Taiwan during her Asia tour, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said yesterday, noting that such a visit will lead to very serious consequences. “If Pelosi visits Taiwan, this will be a serious interference in Chinese domestic politics and will lead to very serious consequences,” the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Nancy Pelosi “has not confirmed any program with us, she must not, as Speaker makes her decisions, it is her right to visit Taiwan, other Speakers have done so”. Thus the spokesman for the White House Security Council, John Kirby, that “this possible visit, which has precedents will not change the status quo” and the US policy on the one China “, stressing that this was reiterated in Beijing, too. in the phone call between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.
“Our actions are not threatening”, he reiterated, stating that “there is no reason why Beijing can use this possible visit as a pretext to conduct escalation actions”. And he added that the United States “will not be intimidated”.
“If she goes is not unprecedented”, referring to Newt Gingrich’s visit in 1997, Kirby repeated several times, who did not want to confirm whether Pelosi will actually go to Taiwan, underlining that there has not yet been any confirmation from of the staff of the Speaker of the visit.