China announces live-fire naval exercises ahead of Pelosi’s possible Taiwan visit
1 August, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
Chinese military declared performing live-fire naval drills in Taiwan Strait amid rising tensions over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's probable visit to Taiwan, according to media sources.
Chinese military declared performing live-fire naval drills in Taiwan Strait amid rising tensions over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s probable visit to Taiwan, according to media sources.
This occurs as Speaker Pelosi gets ready to travel to Asia. The tour, which is primarily intended to boost security and economic momentum for Indo-Pacific, is also perceived as a US effort to increase pressure on China about its claim to Taiwan.
However, US military authorities are also deploying troops in the maritime region close to Taiwan in preparation for the visit. Prior to Pelosi’s potential visit, Pentagon reportedly dispatched an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, according to Fox News.
A strike group and the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered supercarrier of the United States Navy, are now thereafter departing from a port in Singapore on Tuesday. The story was confirmed by a Navy spokeswoman, who added that the trip was preplanned.
After a successful port call to Singapore, the USS Ronald Reagan and her strike group are currently operating in the South China Sea, according to Lt. Mark Langford.
However, I will add that Reagan is performing normal, scheduled activities as part of her routine patrol in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. “As a matter of policy, we do not discuss future ship movements,” he continued.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan has been discouraged by China once more.
“It’s possible that you missed our recent briefings. We have made it quite clear that we vehemently oppose Speaker Pelosi’s prospective trip to Taiwan “Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, stated during a news conference on Wednesday.
He further added “US side would face stern countermeasures if it continues on going and violates China’s red line. The US must bear full responsibility for any negative effects that may result from this.”
According to reports, Pelosi will travel to Taiwan, although White House insisted that her intentions are still tentative. Beijing advised Washington against allowing the Speaker of the House of Representatives to travel to Taiwan, threatening to take harsh action and retaliatory measures if Washington insisted on going forward with the trip.
Pelosi’s journey to Taiwan, according to a representative for the Chinese Foreign Ministry named Wang Wenbin, will significantly harm the political basis of China-US ties.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan, according to Vice President Joe Biden, is not a “positive idea” in the eyes of the US military.
According to a comment from Biden provided by the White House press pool on Wednesday, “the military feels it’s not a smart idea right now.”
China has repeatedly expressed its strong opposition to any kind of official contact between US and Taiwan region.
One of the most egregious provocation by the US to China on the Taiwan question since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US, according to a Chinese state media outlet, if the US House speaker’s trip to Taiwan goes ahead as planned.
According to a Global Times editorial, Pelosi should never cross the line and visit Taiwan. Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan had to be postponed back in April because she had COVID-19. Beijing had vehemently resisted any official contact between the US and Taiwan at the time.