China releases threatening video ahead of Pelosi trip

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pressing ahead with her plans to visit Taiwan, marking the first time that a sitting House speaker has traveled to the island nation since Newt Gingrich went there in 1997.

Yet as the New York Post noted, Pelosi’s decision isn’t going over well with China’s communist government, and it released a propaganda video in response. 

New threat video

According to the Post, it features images of soldiers carrying weapons, missiles being launched, and military aircraft taking off.

“We are fully prepared for any eventuality,” troops are heard saying in the video. “Fight upon order, bury every intruder, and move toward joint and successful operations! We are PLA soldiers, we swear to defend the motherland to the death.”

What’s more, the Post reported that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian offered ominous words to reporters on Monday.

“If Pelosi insists on visiting Taiwan, China will take resolute and strong measures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Zhao was quoted as saying.

“Those who play with fire will perish by it,” the communist official continued, adding, “We would like to once again admonish the US that we are fully prepared for any eventuality and the PLA will never sit idly by.”

“Do whatever we can”

Meanwhile, Fox News reported that White House national security spokesman John Kirby downplayed Chinese threats even as Taiwan heightened its military’s alert level.

“We shouldn’t be, as a country, we shouldn’t be intimidated by that rhetoric or those potential actions,” Kirby was quoted as telling reporters on Monday.

He touted Pelosi’s visit as being “an important trip for the speaker to be on” and pledged that the Biden administration is “going to do whatever we can to support her.”

Fox News pointed out that for his part, Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang welcomed the possibility of Pelosi coming to his country yet stopped short of providing confirmation.

“We always warmly welcome visits to our country by distinguished foreign guests,” the Asian leader was quoted as saying.

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