A former top Chinese propagandist is sending Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) an ominous warning after it was reported that she plans to visit Taiwan this summer.
Hu Xijin, the former editor of the Chinese state-owned Global Times newspaper, called for Pelosi to be “restrained” and “punished,” Fox News reported.
Chinese propagandist sends Pelosi ominous warning
The Chinese state warned of “resolute and strong measures” after the Financial Times reported that Pelosi is visiting Taiwan in August.
President Biden said that the U.S. military thinks “it’s not a good idea” for Pelosi to risk provoking China but added that he doesn’t know the “status” of her plans.
Hu blasted Biden’s equivocal comments on the controversial trip and suggested that the Chinese should intervene if Biden won’t.
“Biden is supposed to have the ability to prevent the reckless visit of Pelosi, rather than ‘I don’t know what the status of it is.’ If the US can’t restrain her, let China restrain her & punish her. PLA Air Force will surely make her visit a disgrace to herself and to the US.”
The U.S. has semi-official relations with Taiwan, which China considers to be part of its sovereign territory. China routinely sends aircraft into Taiwanese airspace to back up those claims.
A crisis waiting to happen?
Pelosi, who would be traveling to Taiwan in a military aircraft, acknowledged that the Pentagon has concerns that “our plane would get shot down, or something like that, by the Chinese.”
“It’s important for us to show support for Taiwan,” she said. “None of us have ever said we’re for independence when it comes to Taiwan. That’s up to Taiwan to decide.”
While Pelosi is getting pushback from her own party, China hawks in the Republican party are sticking up for her.
“I don’t always agree with her, but on this one I applaud it,” Rep. Michael McCaul (Tx.), top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said. “It’s important that we show up in Taiwan and demonstrate to China that we are supportive. That’s a very strong statement for a speaker to go to Taiwan.”
Pelosi’s trip would be the most high-profile by a U.S. lawmaker to Taiwan since former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich visited there. China was much weaker in the 1990s than it is today.