TAIWAN is reportedly preparing for war with China after Beijing vowed to impose a no-fly zone to prevent Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
The planned trip by the US Speaker of the House of Representatives has exacerbated the already fragile relationship between Washington and Beijing.
Though Pelosi refuses to confirm whether she will be stopping in Taiwan on her Asia trip, China is preparing to disrupt her route at all costs.
The nation has already warned it will not “stand by” while the US meddles in its bid to regain control of disputed territory.
The Chinese government and military are firmly opposed to all foreign visits and expressions of support for Taiwan – but the House Speaker’s trip has struck an explosive chord due to her vocal criticism of the nation.
Taiwanese soldiers are reportedly being called back from furlough as officials fear tensions could escalate into an international crisis.
According to local media, troops were told to “prepare for war immediately” while air defense forces are said to have been mobilized in anticipation.
In response to Pelosi’s planned visit, China has stepped up military drills near the self-governing island to make its stance known.
Chinese military exercises resume this week in the South China Sea after US warships climbed into the ocean.
Four Chinese J-16 fighter jets entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Monday.
It comes amid rumors that Pelosi will arrive in Taiwan’s capital Taipei tomorrow night, where she is expected to stay overnight.
She will probably have to arrive on the island in secret if the journey continues.
According to the Global Times, China is now considering establishing a no-fly zone in the Taiwan Strait to prevent Pelosi’s plane from landing on the island.
Beijing-based naval expert Wang Yunfei said: “Such a measure is quite strict – it warns of the worst situation first.
“Otherwise, the consequences are at the USA’s own risk.”
The PLA’s retired naval officer said the plane Pelosi could be traveling in could even be surrounded by Chinese military planes tracking and monitoring its movements.
“BURY EVERY ENEMY”
US officials have already raised concerns about the politician’s safety during the visit, President Joe Biden announced last week.
And in an ominous phone call on Thursday, President Xi Jinping warned him: “Those who play with fire will perish.”
It makes China’s public admissions that they will take “strong action” even more alarming for the House Speaker.
There are also fears that military forces — by land, sea and air — will pour into Taiwan to increase pressure on the high-profile visit.
China’s PLA Eastern Theater Command released a dramatic video demonstrating their military prowess in what appears to be another warning.
The caption for the clip in question read, “Stand by and fight, bury any enemy that comes.”
And the country has reportedly given its chilling “war signal” in official circles – issued before its last two major conflicts.
The phrase ‘don’t say we didn’t warn you’ has now been mentioned frequently in discussions amid rising tensions.
Analysts said the US government’s reaction to the plans and China’s feverish response made it difficult to de-escalate the situation without either country appearing weak.
Pelosi – an outspoken Taiwan supporter – was originally scheduled to travel to Taipei in April but pulled out at the last minute after testing positive for coronavirus.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5905787/taiwan-prepares-war-china-no-fly-zone-pelosi-visit/ Taiwan ‘preparing for war’ with China after Beijing vowed to impose a ‘no-fly zone’, stoking WW3 fears over Pelosi visit