House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has the entire country on edge over her trip to Asia this weekend. One key stop could turn into an international incident of epic proportions — at least according to China.
According to The Daily Wire, the speaker caused an uproar over the past week regarding her possible stop in Taiwan during her trip. The Chinese Communist Party is hopping mad over the possibility, saying it might decide shoot her down.
China made clear it isn’t a fan of Pelosi stopping in Taiwan, and even went as far this week as to threaten to shoot down the speaker’s plane if it enters Taiwanese airspace.
Aside from a possible visit to Taiwan, Pelosi’s schedule indicates she’ll make stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The bizarre threat came from Chinese propagandist Hu Xijin, editor of China’s jingoistic state-run Global Times.
“If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is invasion,” Xijin wrote.
He added: “The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down.”
Interestingly, Xijin’s tweeted threat was taken down by Twitter. The link to the tweet now says “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.”
Will she do it?
Pelosi, and her office, have remained mostly silent about her intentions to carry through with her stop in Taiwan. The speaker cited security issues when asked why her plans were being kept quiet.
Generally speaking, Republicans feel that Pelosi should absolutely follow through on her pledge to visit the nation — a nation that the United States has pledged to protect should it be invaded by China.
In contrast, a growing number of Democrats, who unsurprisingly bend to China’s will every single day, are advising Pelosi against stopping, so as to not upset their Chinese overlords.
If Pelosi makes the controversial stop, it might be the only time in her entire career that she’ll have widespread Republican support, and respect — at least for a day.