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Pelosi Lands in Taiwan as China Steps Up Military Drills

Pelosi Lands in Taiwan as China Steps Up Military Drills

China’s CCP-controlled media threatens U.S. with ‘unbearable consequences’ if the House Speaker heads to Taiwan.

China has stepped up military exercises near Taiwan ahead of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island nation.

China’s Communist Party-controlled media has threatened ‘unbearable consequences’ if the U.S. House Speaker heads to Taiwan. Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned his American counterpart Joe Biden “not to play with fire” over the upcoming high-profile visit in a phone call.

On Monday, Pelosi kicked off a four nation Asia tour to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan. Though her official itinerary did not mention Taiwan, she arrived in the island for a brief tour on Tuesday.

“Pelosi landed in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, at just after 10:40 p.m. local time as part of her tour of Asia,” the ABC News confirmed.

Reports suggest that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, which is already holding live-fire drills in the region, has stepped up military activity.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported Beijing’s military maneuvering:

Her plane is expected to land at Taipei’s Songshan airport at around 10.20pm, according to Taiwanese media. It is unclear if the aircraft is accompanied by US military planes.

In Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry said the US would “pay the price” if Pelosi went to Taiwan.

“The US side will bear the responsibility and pay the price for undermining China’s sovereign security interests,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

Beijing has vowed to take “strong measures” in response to the unannounced visit. Both mainland China and Taiwan on Tuesday stepped up military deployments across the Taiwan Strait. (…)

China regards Pelosi’s trip as support for Tsai’s pro-independence administration. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province under the one-China principle and to be reunited by force if necessary.

Taiwan has made its preparations to counter the Chinese military threat. Taiwan “ramped up its military preparedness as cross-strait tensions mount over a potential visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” the newspaper Taiwan News confirmed Tuesday. “Taiwan’s armed forces will enter a higher state of preparedness against the threat by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)” throughout this week,” the daily added.

Pelosi’s visit comes as the Chinese military aggressively moves toward the island nation. Since President Biden took office, Chinese warplanes have increasingly breached the Taiwanese air defense zone, sending fighters and nuclear-capable bombers to intimidate the beleaguered country. Xi Jinping has also renewed his pledge to annex Taiwan, in line with the long-standing policy of the Chinese Communist Party.

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Interesting times. But, in reality, the Chinese don’t have to take any direct military action. Our economy has become so intertwined with China that they only have to clog up the supply chain a little more to cause us more pain than any attack on Taiwan.


     
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    MattMusson in reply to txvet2. | August 2, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    But, the Chinese import 85% of their energy and 50% of their food and AG inputs.
    The US (or Britain, Japan, India, Singapore) could simply interdict Chinese commercial traffic by the Straits of Malacah and China would shutdown. The cars would quit running, the lights would go out, etc.

    Businesses, including American companies are fleeing China in droves. The Chinese economy is in free-fall. There will be no China century. Their debt will crush them.

      Nah.

      They’re a very strong, very educated, very disciplined, very smart homogenous population.

      It’s our country that is in a free-fall.


         
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        Barry in reply to TheFineReport.com. | August 3, 2022 at 12:36 am

        China is dying, and quickly. It’s been going on for several years.

        We may be going down hill, but it is fixable. No fixing china sans revolution, which is coming.

        Wow. Where are you getting your information? Empty ghost cities that are falling apart, a bankrupt banking system, dozens of new dams that are already decaying, national and private debt that dwarfs ours, massive lock downs, companies bailing or going out of business, electricity shortages causing entire industries to shrink drastically (steel production e.g.), border fighting against India and even internal regions. a frustrated, disappointed and dispirited population…. No, the China Century is over before it even began. What they are doing is trying to rally their population for one last glorious campaign against the US. Same with Russia.

        BTW, their navy is very over-rated. Untested, built on technology that is probably already out-dated as we begin rolling out our Area 51 technology, trapped within island chains they cannot control even now, …. They can feel confident when firing missiles when no is shooting back at them but these “smart” people are assuming far too much about their own competence. They built a military that still doesn’t rival ours. We have weapons that were made to fight the war WE want to fight while they show-off their shiny new (probably already obsolete) equipment that they have no experience nor expertise in using. One punch where they don’t expect it will throw them in a panic The China Straits are very shallow and they are spreading much of their navy across it to attack Taiwan. So we go right through them and attack Bejing? Oops!!

        Get serious. We have our own problems but we may soon learn that much of the problem has gone to far and turns out to be superficial. Brandon is NOT in charge.

        Please explain yourself. You may be stuck in the wrong echo chamber of doom. Pelosi’s trip is revealing a lot about our “leadership”. Brandon is clearly not in charge and I am starting to believe that her trip is the emergence of a force that is defying the corruption at the top. This morning, Pelosi officially declared that the US is squarely allied with Taiwan and will defend them. That is a bold “in your face” to those who “control” the WH. Something big is going on at the top.

        I believe most of the China threat of “unbearable consequences” will amount to their revealing who they bribed while acting on their belief that they controlled these corrupt fools.


     
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    PODKen in reply to txvet2. | August 2, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    They don’t even have to do that … all they have to do is sit quietly as we get all caught up in our underwear … and eventually weaken ourselves to the point that they can take control.

    This has nothing to do with anything, other than Pelosi being corrupt and…well…batshit crazy.

    POSOBIEC: Stop ‘Simping’ for Pelosi over Taiwan. ‘You’re getting played.’
    https://humanevents.com/2022/08/02/posobiec-stop-simping-for-pelosi-over-taiwan-youre-getting-played/


 
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E Howard Hunt | August 2, 2022 at 11:30 am

As with Obama Care, Pelosi says we must start a war with China to see if they are serious about a war.


 
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SeymourButz | August 2, 2022 at 11:30 am

We should really stop worrying about the guy who’s triggered by Winnie the Pooh


 
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gonzotx | August 2, 2022 at 11:59 am

I’m very surprised President Trump never went

    Trump made Xi come to him at Mar Lago where he “educated” him about what he would do if China attacked Taiwan. Xi is the guy who Trump was feting when he instructed the US military to take out the illegal Russian mercenaries in Syria. “Take them out!”

    So why would Trump go to China? Xi was already under control. Same with Putin after that incident.


 
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gonzotx | August 2, 2022 at 12:07 pm

Nancy has landed safely.

————-

But not soberly.


 
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Peabody | August 2, 2022 at 12:15 pm

Biden has bent over backward to kiss China’s ass and give them everything they want. But they see right through—nothing but a weak and mentally incompetent psuedo-presiden incapable of making a decision on his own or taking y anaction. He really has them shaking in their boots.


 
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rhhardin | August 2, 2022 at 12:34 pm

Just dredge up some sea-floor sand to add to the island and declare it a Taiwanese possession.


 
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DaddyO | August 2, 2022 at 1:42 pm

China’s concerned that Pelosi may repeat what she did back in Feb 2020 in Chinatown (SF) promoting “tourism” .

This certainly halts any plans China may have had to invade Taiwan in the near future. They wouldn’t dare start a war right now. If we keep sending more of our politicians to Taipei and rubbing their noses, this will have a serious dampening effect on their invasion drills.

Now we have to keep parading our navy (and Australia, UK, and Japan) up and down the China Sea. The last thing China wants is to find their coast being the first battlefront of WWIII with allied forces controlling the China Sea and launching attacks on the mainline while sinking their ships and blowing up all of those oil tankers in harbor (the China national oil reserves).


     
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    Danny in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 2, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    And would you like mass export of microchips to Russia with a side of drones Russia didn’t have enough of before the war started, followed by spare parts needed to keep Russian factories operation and a slice of undermining the sanctions we placed on Russia with that?

    Not all negative consequences are warfare.


       
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      Barry in reply to Danny. | August 2, 2022 at 8:56 pm

      Hey CCP Danny, when does Xi start WW3? Just ask him.

      Let me give you chinese promoters a clue, china can’t send anything to the russians because they have little to nothing to send.

    You know, if it keeps China from invading I’d be in favor of sending a Dem politician over to Taiwan every week. Unfortunately they will eventually wander back, but it’s a start.

    (Airfare and hotels are a hundred times cheaper than bombs and missiles)

    On a more serious note, don’t totally discount the possibility that China will manufacture a crisis such as a ‘rogue’ pilot who fires missiles at Pelosi’s aircraft. I’m all in favor of a US fighter escort with absolute permission to engage and destroy any Chinese aircraft who threaten the plane. If the worst comes to pass and we send a half-dozen Chinese fighters down in pieces, the inevitable apology should roughly translate, “We’re sorry you did that and we’re sorry that we’ll do it again if you repeat your mistake and threaten us again.”

      IMHO, the main thing China is getting from this is that Brandon is NOT in charge. Clearly, there is a major rift within the Democratic party and it is now out in the open.

      Imagine how China feels having so many powerful Americans in their back pocket. To paraphrase mobster Bugsy Siegel’s famous quote:

      “I own everbody in Los Angeles but I can’t get anything done!”

      Regardless how you feel about Pelosi, she just threw a big monkey wrench in China’s planning. China depending on Brandon might just as well be Bugsy depending on the LA politicians in the 1930s.


 
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geronl | August 2, 2022 at 5:51 pm

Lindsay Graham and Ronny Jackson and other members of Congress went to Taiwan in April. China huffed and puffed and NOBODY gave a crap

Xi: it’s not too late: she’ll be in the air on the way out.


 
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VaGentleman | August 3, 2022 at 1:19 am

One wonders what Gen Milley said to his Chinese counterparts masters.


 
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healthguyfsu | August 3, 2022 at 10:10 am

Anyone cheering a China crumble doesn’t understand Asian geopolitical equilibria. They are a stabilizing force in the region. I hate the CCP but the area will become the new middle east with a toppled China.


     
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    Barry in reply to healthguyfsu. | August 3, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Anyone not cheering a China crumble doesn’t understand slavery.

    Anyone not cheering a China crumble doesn’t understand their intention to rule the world.

    Anyone not cheering a China crumble doesn’t understand the extreme racism of the CCP, and their willingness to exterminate anyone that stand is their way of world domination.

    I grew up in the South. Jim Crow was a stabilizing force in the region.

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