Hu Xijin, commentator for China’s state-run Global Times, wrote on Twitter, “If US military fighters escort Pelosi’s plane to Taiwan, it will be an attack.” The PLA has the right to forcefully intercept Pelosi’s planes and American fighters by firing as a warning or otherwise. If it doesn’t work, kill them.’ Earlier, China had warned America not to cross the ‘Red Line’.
‘If Pelosi comes to Taiwan, America should be ready to face the consequences’
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijin told a media briefing on Friday that the US would have to be prepared to “face the consequences” if Pelosi comes to Taiwan. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Friday that we do not see any military threat. He said that we do not have strong evidence that anything is cooking from the military point of view from the Chinese side.
Pelosi declined to talk about the trip
However, Kirby did not confirm whether Pelosi would travel to Taiwan during her Asia tour, in which she would travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. Responding to a question about a possible trip to Taiwan on Friday, Pelosi only said, “I will not talk about my visit because it is related to security issues.” But the prospect of him going to Taiwan has added to the tension. The Chinese Navy is monitoring the movements of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.
‘Those who play with fire get burnt’
On Thursday, the phone conversation between Biden and Jinping lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes. Biden told Jinping that America’s policies regarding Taiwan have not changed. At the same time, Jinping not only told Biden a lot, but after the conversation also issued a long statement in which China’s tone was threatening. Jinping said, ‘Those who play with fire get burnt. Hopefully the US will keep a clear eye on this. The United States must respect the one-China principle and apply it in both its statements and actions. In the statement, China claimed its Taiwan waters.