House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, despite China’s repeated warnings, landed in Taiwan early this morning. The curious stunt has caused China to flex its might by moving aircraft carriers into the South China Sea as well as positioning tanks on Chinese beaches opposite Taiwan.
Pelosi arrived after reports flooded Chinese social media Tuesday that Beijing has positioned tanks on the beaches of Fujian along the Taiwan Strait.
In addition, reports and footage have surfaced of large military movements of troops and equipment. Movements have been seen occurring on major highways and railways throughout the Chinese province of Fujian, directly adjacent to the islands of Quemoy and Matsu.
Many commercial flights slated to depart from several cities in the Fujian province have been abruptly canceled in the last 24 hours. Xiamen Airlines put out a statement that the flight cancelations were due to “regional traffic control” and did not elaborate further.
Some claim that this could be considered an invasion warning, the military occupation of the Quemoy and Matsu Islands as the first step by Communist China to subjugate Taiwan and eliminate U.S. influence in the Western Pacific.
The speaker landed despite these escalations in a move that’s been seen as brave by some and foolish by others.
The country of Taiwan itself seems to have mixed feelings about the visit. Civic groups, politicians, and business and industry representatives on the island of Taiwan began protesting against US Pelosi’s potential visit.
Wu Cherng-dean, chairman of the pro-reunification New Party, said on Tuesday that the party is firmly opposed to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, saying that Pelosi is “harmful to Taiwan without bringing any benefits.”
A number of Taiwan civic groups gathered in front of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) as early as Monday afternoon, with hundreds of people holding placards with slogans such as “American witch get out of Taiwan, China,” and “get out, trouble maker Nancy Pelosi!”.
The rest of the world chimed in as well, as Twitter saw #WWIII trend as Pelosi arrived. This is likely due to the multiple threats related to the trip.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said during a daily press briefing prior to her arrival”
“We would like to tell the United States once again that China is standing by, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by, and China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,”
Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesperson Senior Colonel Tan Kefei said:
“As the ‘third most important figure’ of the U.S. government, if Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan, the move will seriously violate the one-China principle and the provisions in the three China-U.S. joint communiques, severely endanger China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity… It will have a critically negative impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and is bound to cause extremely serious harm to the relations between the two countries and their militaries, and lead to further escalation of tension across the Taiwan Straits.”
Pelosi is also experiencing some criticism back home as well:
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein tweeted, “It’s another Cuban missile crisis moment. Will Pelosi blunder us into WWIII with China?”
Vigilant News will provide updates as more information becomes available.