Beijing warns: China's army will not sit idly by
The Chinese army will not sit idly by if U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, China's defense ministry warns. This announcement sends a signal that the PLA is “fully prepared” to for all scenarios.
Photo by formstock
After the Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed that Beijing has issued stronger warnings to US officials and that China is fully prepared for any surprises due to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's scheduled trip to Taiwan on Monday, China's defense ministry vowed on Tuesday, that if Washington persists, the Chinese military will by no means sit idly by, and decisive action will be taken to curb any outside interference and secessionist attempts to declare “Taiwan independence.”
According to the Beijing edition Global Times, Chinese analysts said the military's stern warnings mean the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is well prepared for all possible challenges if Nancy Pelosi visits the island, and they advised the PLA Missile Force to conduct exercises with the new missiles aimed at on any possible targets, including US aircraft carriers and other large warships that could be involved in Pelosi's visit.
Tang Kefei, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, said on Tuesday that if Nancy Pelosi, as the third most important US politician, visits Taiwan, it would be a serious violation of the One China principle and the three joint Sino-US communiqués, and it would seriously damage the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China; and the political basis of China-US relations. This will certainly escalate tensions across the Taiwan Strait as well.
China is demanding that the US honor its commitment not to support Taiwanese separatism or arrange for Pelosi to visit Taiwan, Tan said, noting that if the US persists , the Chinese military will by no means sit idly by and take drastic measures to prevent any outside influence. conclusions and separatist attempts at “Taiwan independence” and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
A defense official's remarks about Pelosi's pending trip to Taiwan indicate that the PLA is fully prepared for all responses if it does visit the island, Chinese military expert Song Zhongping told the Global Times Tuesday.
The New York The Times reported on Monday that domestic fears have escalated in recent days as the Biden administration quietly tries to talk Pelosi out of the announced visit.
The reports describe a scenario in which China could send aircraft to “escort” her plane and prevent it from landing if she visits Taiwan, possibly on a US military plane, and a US official said that this scenario was of legitimate concern.
Hu Xijin, a columnist for the Global Times, said he would have expected to see a PLA plane flying alongside Pelosi's plane into Taiwan Island airspace. This would set a great precedent for PLA patrolling the island, which would be a much bigger factor than Pelosi's visit.
Sooner or later, PLA aircraft will enter the airspace over Taiwan, which will be a legitimate and righteous move to demonstrate China's sovereignty over the island. This needs an opportunity that could encourage the international community to better understand that the mainland's actions are natural and not a provocation, the observer notes. Pelosi's potential visit to the island will lead to major changes in the situation in the Taiwan Strait, and the PLA's strong response is in line with the expectations of the international community, and this visit will give the Chinese military a good reason to send planes over the island, Hu Xijin claims.
So the ball went to Pelosi and the collaborating Biden administration and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the island. “If they dare to take a small step, we will take a big step to violently crack down on US and DPP arrogance and provocations,” — threatened Hu.
Xin Qiang, deputy director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, told the Global Times that the US executive is very concerned that this possible visit will spark conflict between China and the US or even trigger a crisis.
“Pelosi doesn't care that she might cause a big mess in US-China relations because the executive branch and the military will have to take the consequences and deal with the consequences,” — said the expert.
Liu Xiang, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that he thinks Pelosi clearly saw that those who invited her to go to Taiwan were mostly Republicans, who only want to create more chaos in the US so they can get more wins in the midterms.
No matter how divided US policymakers are on the issue, one thing is for sure: mainland China will by no means make any concessions on this issue, and the response will be directed not only to Taiwan, but also to the US, Global said. Times Yuan Zheng, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Yuan advised the Chinese government to impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family if she visits Taiwan, banning them from entering the mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau, and banning companies and institutions associated with them from doing business with China.
Similar measures against former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been effective, he said.
Expert Song Zhongping said he believes the Chinese military should declare the entire island of Taiwan a PLA exercise zone, intercepting all unauthorized aircraft, flying in the area if Pelosi visits the island.
In the meantime, the PLA's missile forces could conduct exercises with new missiles aimed at any possible US aircraft carriers and other large warships that may be involved in Pelosi's visit, said Song, noting that maneuvers could be carried out in areas surrounding the island of Taiwan on the east side.
In 1995 and 1996, in response to a visit by then Taiwanese leader Lee Teng-hui in the United States, mainland China conducted an exercise that included missile testing in the waters surrounding Taiwan. Now the PLA Rocket Force is much stronger than it was then, indicating that they can do a lot more, Sun notes.