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At a press conference on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying bizarrely and offensively compared U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit to the death of George Floyd, in a strained effort to paint the U.S. government as a murderously abusive “world policeman.”
The idea Hua struggled to convey, clumsily mixed from effluvium harvested by Chinese propagandists from left-wing American Twitter feeds, is that Team America’s World Police are brutal colonialists who seek to put developing nations like China in a stranglehold with hypocritical accusations of human rights violations.
This seems like an especially tough argument to sell when China is currently bullying tiny Taiwan with provocative military exercises, and just came off a week of threatening murder to stop an American politician from visiting the island, but nonetheless Hua gave it her best shot:
We are living in the 21st century. The world must never allow the US to see itself as a “world policeman” or an “international judge” and continue to treat other sovereign nations like George Floyd as if the US can just bully and strangle them at will. If China does nothing about the US’s relentless interference in our internal affairs and violation of our sovereignty or does not firmly resist the US’s reckless and irresponsible behavior, respect for sovereign and territorial integrity and other purposes of the UN Charter and basic norms in international relations will become nothing but words on paper. And the vast developing world which account for over 80% of the world’s population could well become the next target anytime. For this exact reason, already more than 160 countries have made their voice of justice heard. They reiterated their commitment to the one-China policy and expressed support for China’s efforts to firmly uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is a fight against hegemony, against interference and against secession.
China had historically been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the US and several of its sidekicks still grossly interfere in our internal affairs and undermine our sovereignty and security from time to time. But China is not the China 120 years ago, and we refuse to be treated like Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan. The Chinese people will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us. Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people. The position of the Chinese government and people on the Taiwan question is consistent. To uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China is the firm will of the 1.4 billion Chinese people. We hope that the US and its sidekicks who style themselves as democracies will be very clear about that. They need to take seriously and respect the core interests and the firm will of the Chinese people, who account for one fifth of the world’s population.
This came after several minutes of Hua hyperventilating about China’s solemn right to blockade peaceful Taiwan because Pelosi hurt its feelings.
Shortly after delivering this twisted sermon about what a bully America is for objecting to China’s slave trade, Hua told a reporter that China has no compunctions about shooting ballistic missiles into Japan’s globally recognized Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) because China chooses not to recognize it. Beijing appears to be very particular about its own territorial claims but quite fuzzy about everyone else’s.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Friday it would take a series of eight measures against the administration of leftist President Joe Biden, including halting “climate” talks and military coordination, in response to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visiting Taiwan.
Pelosi spent about 19 hours in the island nation this week, meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and top national legislators, and visiting the country’s human rights museum. Taiwan is a sovereign nation with a functional democratic government that the Chinese Communist Party falsely insists is a “province” of China. America, thanks to the policies of former President Jimmy Carter, indulges this falsehood to maintain diplomatic relations with its top geopolitical threat.
Pelosi repeatedly insisted during her short visit to Taiwan that, while she supported the Taiwanese government, she and her small delegation of fellow congressmen did not want to change the “status quo,” meaning the failure to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty.
“Our visit is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances,” a joint statement from Pelosi delegation upon arriving in Taiwan read. “The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo.”
A woman uses her mobile phone as she walks in front of a large screen showing a news broadcast about China’s military exercises encircling Taiwan, in Beijing on August 4, 2022. China’s largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan kicked off August 4, in a show of force straddling vital international shipping lanes after a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)
The Communist Party largely ignored these assurances and responded with ongoing invective against Pelosi and the United States in general, condemning Biden for not violating separation of powers principles to dictator where Pelosi and other lawmakers can travel. Biden, the Foreign Ministry insisted this week, had “a responsibility to stop” the Speaker.
The Foreign Ministry’s announcement on Friday lists several “countermeasures,” with minimal detail, meant to punish the United States for Pelosi’s presence in Taiwan. China, the Ministry confirmed, would halt eight interactions with Washington:
The provisions on military activities – which exist to ensure that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and American armed forces assets do not accidentally or otherwise clash in international waters, particularly in the South China Sea – follow days of bombastic PLA exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan. China has essentially blockaded the country, shutting down large swathes of Taiwan’s sovereign waters to shoot ballistic missiles into the ocean.
The Biden administration has enthusiastically promoted the ongoing “talks on climate change” that China is suspending as one of the few areas where the two countries could allegedly cooperate. As recently as last week, the White House claimed that Biden emphasized joint efforts to “address climate change” in a call with genocidal Chinese dictator Xi Jinping. In contrast, Chinese government sources claimed that Xi spent the call threatening to kill Biden with fire if the United States misbehaved on Taiwan relations in the eyes of the Communist Party.
“Those who play with fire will perish by it,” Chinese state media quoted Xi as saying, a common refrain from Chinese officials regarding Taiwan. The threats to make supporters of Taiwan “perish” are a slight diplomatic upgrade from Xi’s warning that anyone supporting Taiwan would have their “bones ground to powder” in 2019 that followed the PLA’s woeful performance against the Indian military in a clash on their mutual border in 2020.
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying speaks during a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on August 4, 2022. (NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Beijing has mostly refrained from similarly gruesome threats during talks involving climate change, as Biden has staked a great deal of political capital on the success of climate negotiations. The Biden administration has described climate change itself as a threat to America on par with the Chinese Communist Party. Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry – whose reported business dealings with Chinese companies severely compromise his ability to properly engage the regime – has stated in the past that climate negotiations with China come “first and foremost” in his administration’s dealings with the communist tyranny and regularly participates in multiple friendly meetings with Chinese Communist Party officials at venues like the World Economy Forum at Davos.
China is the world’s worst polluter as per multiple metrics, including being the largest greenhouse gas emitter, home to the world’s largest pile of plastic garbage, and the world’s illegal fishing powerhouse. It has made no commitments to reduce its carbon emissions in the near future – the Paris Agreement, which China is a party to, allows China to continue increasing emissions for another decade. The Communist Party is the most prolific builder of coal power plants in the world and has recently bragged about using fossil fuels to avoid blackouts and other power concerns currently facing Europe, as much of the continent has chosen to attempt to replace fossil fuels with “green” alternatives.
The “counternarcotics cooperation” that China canceled on Friday largely centers on talks to stop China from importing massive amounts of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, into the United States. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), China is a major driver of the illegal production of false “prescription” opioids killing Americans, a crisis that talks with Beijing has done little to ameliorate.
“China is providing chemicals to Mexico, to the criminal drug networks that are then mass-producing these fake prescription pills,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram explained in April. “They’re being sold as if they were Xanax, as if they were Oxy, as if they were Percocet. But there’s no Xanax, no Oxy, no Percocet in them. They’re fentanyl.”
Chinese government officials and media has called its documented role in America’s fentanyl crisis “blatant slander” and blamed American culture for overdose deaths.
One thing’s for certain, the Enemy scrubs the net and that makes the search for truth an ongoing struggle. The truth about the relationship between China and Taiwan is nothing like how the Snake News portrays it, and it’s something one must understand in order to make sense of Pelosi’s Provocative trip.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) visit to Taiwan, completed in defiance of belligerent threats from the hideous regime in Beijing, drew genuine bipartisan support from U.S. lawmakers and voters alike.
Even in a time of deep political divisions, with a potentially earthshaking midterm election coming up, Americans are united in their concerns about the new Evil Empire and its malignant influence upon the freedom, health, and security of the Western world.
A considerable number of sitting Republican legislators and former Trump administration officials expressed public support for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. The GOP caucus was far more vocally supportive of Pelosi than the perpetually befuddled Biden administration, even though President Joe Biden ostensibly campaigned on standing up to Communist China.
“What is the Pentagon thinking when it publicly warns against Speaker Pelosi going to Taiwan? If we are so intimidated by the Chinese Communists we can’t even protect an American Speaker of the House, why should Beijing believe we can help Taiwan survive? Timidity is dangerous,” Pelosi’s predecessor Newt Gingrich, the last Speaker of the House to visit Taiwan, said in a characteristic Republican comment.
Gingrich summed up the two primary strains of bipartisan support for Pelosi’s trip: China has no business dictating where Americans can travel, and demonstrating America’s sincere support for Taiwan is important.
A pro-Beijing protester stamps on an image depicting the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on August 3, 2022. (PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
On the latter point, polls consistently show strong American support for Taiwan, with allowances for the fact that domestic issues are understandably their paramount concern at the moment. Exactly one year ago, a Chicago Council Survey found 52 percent of Americans favored using U.S. military force to defend Taiwan if necessary – the highest level of support for that proposition in the history of the poll, and the first time support exceeded 50 percent.
Demonstrators take part in a protest against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) visit on August 02, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
A Morning Consult poll in June 2022 found less overall support for sending the U.S. military to protect Taiwan from invasion, a decline that could be partly explained by voter apprehension over the possibility of America and NATO getting drawn into the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Morning Consult’s analysts added the interesting observation that among the relatively small portion of voters who said they were familiar with the details of the China-Taiwan relationship, support for the U.S. protecting Taiwan rose to 51 percent.
Pro-Beijing protesters rip up a U.S. flag after stamping on an image depicting the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a protest outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on August 3, 2022. (PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
The poll found strong majority support for less dramatic propositions, such as establishing formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan and furnishing the Taiwanese with U.S. intelligence.
In late July, Morning Consult ran another poll that found over 60 percent of Americans support Taiwanese independence – and that figure rises to 92 percent for voters who professed to have a strong opinion on the matter. Support for Taiwanese independence was comparable between Democrats and Republicans.
Pro-China demonstrators protest outside the Grand Hyatt hotel ahead of the arrival of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. (I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg)
Near-majorities from both parties supported strong economic sanctions against China if it attacks Taiwan, even with the understanding that China is a major U.S. trading partner, so the American economy would suffer damage from such sanctions. Morning Consult’s analysts suggested Western corporations would be wise to acknowledge the position of voters by finding ways to reroute supply chains away from China.
Polls in Taiwan, meanwhile, show the Taiwanese losing confidence over the past few years that America would intervene against a Chinese invasion.
“Russia’s war in Ukraine appears to be changing Taiwan’s perception of the U.S. security commitment. A March survey in Taiwan, for instance, found that roughly one-third of respondents believed the United States would offer military aid to Taiwan. That’s a steep decline from the two-thirds who believed the United States would support Taiwan militarily when the same institute asked this survey question last October,” the Washington Postobserved Tuesday.
This would buttress Gingrich’s point that visible demonstrations of American support for Taiwan, including official visits like Pelosi’s, are important to audiences in both Taiwan and China. China’s strategic and political calculations are influenced by how deeply the Taiwanese believe America would stand with them; Taiwan’s resistance to invasion or intense pressure will be stronger if they think the U.S. would join the fray.
Questions about Taiwan clearly reflect Americans’ concerns about the rise of China as the world’s most dangerous malevolent superpower. Polls show bipartisan majorities of Americans are worried about China’s human rights abuses, convinced that China is America’s top threat in the 21st Century, and wary of the growing relationship between China and Russia.
These polls tend to show more of a partisan split than support for Taiwan, as younger and more left-leaning Americans are considerably more likely to have a positive opinion of Communist China than moderates and conservatives from the heartland. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the younger cohort of left-leaning American voters are most inclined to accept Beijing’s view of China as a rising world superpower that enjoys moral equivalency with the United States, and deserves a chance at success.
In April 2022, the Pew Research Center found Americans’ negative views of Communist China at an all-time high, with over 90 percent saying the Chinese-Russian alliance is a threat to the United States.
The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak clearly influenced this view, with a five-percent gain in negative opinions since 2020 and six-percent in 2021. Pew’s respondents were also concerned with the growing power and political weaponization of the Chinese economy, with 43 percent convinced that China has displaced America as the world’s top economy.
Gallup also found China’s economic power and aggressive politics more of a concern for American voters than the coronavirus, with 63 percent alarmed by China’s rapid economic rise.
U.S. politicians would be wise to take the concerns of their voters seriously. The coronavirus itself arguably did not make American voters as angry at China as they should be, but the pandemic did greatly increase public awareness of how many fragile supply chains run through China.
Human rights concerns such as the Uyghur genocide are troubling for Americans across the political spectrum, as can be seen from “socially conscious” athletes and entertainers squirming over their obedience to Beijing. Slavery is not a centuries-old historic injustice in China – it’s happening right now. The Chinese power elite is racist on a scale that makes complaints about “systemic racism” in America look quaint. China is promising to increase pollution without limit, while climate crusaders lecture Americans about giving up affordable transportation to save the Earth.
American politicians should also ponder that China’s authoritarian horrors are chilling fast-forward warnings of where authoritarianism in the West could lead. Americans worried about ministry-of-truth censorship imposed in the name of fighting “disinformation” have only to glance at China to see where such notions inevitably lead. Cancel culture is bad in the West, but getting canceled in China is far worse.
Chinese Communist influence on American academia and media is much worse than most U.S. voters realize. At a time of deep public concern about malicious influences in the classroom, Americans will expect their leaders to stand up against malevolent foreign powers infiltrating higher education.
Whatever else Americans from various political and demographic quarters might think about the menace of Chinese communism, it was a clarifying moment to see Chinese officials threatening the Speaker of the House with imprisonment or death for daring to visit Taiwan. Naturally domestic issues will dominate the midterm elections, but Beijing’s use of economic leverage to control foreign companies and media, and its stranglehold on vital supply chains, means China isa domestic issue.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued an infuriated statement on Tuesday condemning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for visiting Taiwan and insisting that President Joe Biden “has a responsibility to stop” lawmakers from traveling to places Beijing disapproves of.
Pelosi and a small congressional delegation landed in Taiwan on Tuesday evening local time after weeks of speculation, and no confirmation from the Speaker’s office, regarding a potential trip to the island nation. Pelosi published a photo of the delegation on social media describing Taiwan as a “robust, vibrant democracy” and an “important partner” of the United States.
Our visit reiterates that America stands with Taiwan: a robust, vibrant democracy and our important partner in the Indo-Pacific. pic.twitter.com/2sSRJXN6ST
America does not recognize Taiwan as a country, thanks to a policy implemented during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, because doing so would automatically dissolve all diplomatic ties with China. Taiwan is a democratic, sovereign nation off the coast of China that China illegally claims as a “province.” The Chinese Communist Party insists that all countries that seek diplomatic relations with it ignore the reality of Taiwan’s existence as an independent country.
In its missive on Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry described Pelosi’s visit to the country as a “serious violation of the one-China principle” – Beijing’s false claim that Taiwan is a province of China – and that it “gravely underminds peace and stability.” The communists also claimed that Pelosi was sending “a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces,” referring to the legitimate, democratically elected government of Taiwan.
“Since Speaker Pelosi is the incumbent leader of the U.S. Congress, her visit to and activities in Taiwan, in whatever form and for whatever reason, is a major political provocation to upgrade U.S. official exchanges with Taiwan,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed. “China absolutely does not accept this, and the Chinese people absolutely reject this.”
The Foreign Ministry, which represents a totalitarian communist regime, then went on to complain that leftist President Joe Biden should have intervened to ban Pelosi from traveling, a significant misunderstanding of separation of powers – which does not exist in communist China.
“China is all along opposed to the visit to Taiwan by U.S. congressional members, and the U.S. executive branch has the responsibility to stop such visit [sic],” the statement read.
The Foreign Ministry also repeated the now-common Chinese government refrain that anyone who supports Taiwan will die a gruesome death.
“These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will perish by it,” the statement read.
Communist dictator Xi Jinping reportedly issued a similar threat in conversation with Biden last week. According to Chinese state media, Xi said, “Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the US will be clear-eyed about this.”
Threatening to burn supporters of Taiwan alive is a slightly less aggressive message than Xi Jinping’s threat in a 2019 speech that anyone supporting Taiwan – or the pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong, Tibet, and East Turkistan – would have their “bones ground to powder.”
On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry insisted that China would “take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity in response to the U.S. Speaker’s visit” and added, “All the consequences arising therefrom must be borne by the U.S. side and the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces [the legitimate government of the Republic of China].”
Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China. (Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi independently issued belligerent comments on Tuesday at a separate meeting, not mentioning Pelosi by name, according to the Communist Party’s People’s Daily.
“Some in the United States are constantly challenging China’s sovereignty on the Taiwan question, hollowing out the one-China policy and even deliberately stirring up troubles in the Taiwan Strait, he noted,” the state propaganda outlet relayed. “The Chinese people will never accept this and the international community also scorns such groundless provocation, he told reporters.”
Wang reportedly called America in general “shameful” and “treacherous” for allowing visits to Taiwan and referred to any support for the country as “bullying.” America, he concluded, “is the biggest destroyer of peace today.”
Pelosi and her delegation issued a statement on their commitment to Taiwan upon arriving on the island on Tuesday that notably did not describe Taiwan as a country and emphasized only its status as a “democracy.”
“Our visit is part of our broader trip to the Indo-Pacific — including Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan — focused on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance,” the statement read. “Our discussions with Taiwan leadership will focus on reaffirming our support for our partner and on promoting our shared interests… America’s solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important today than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy.”
The statement emphasized that the visit “in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances,” meaning that Pelosi and the other lawmakers do not recognize Taiwan as a country.
In a more extended opinion piece published Tuesday in the Washington Post, Pelosi condemned communist China’s “accelerating aggression” against China and described the visit as “an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom.”
People walk past a billboard welcoming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
She also tied the visit to Taiwan to support for other anti-communist movements in China and its occupied regions.
“The CCP’s [Chinese Communist Party’s] brutal crackdown against Hong Kong’s political freedoms and human rights — even arresting Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen,” Pelosi wrote. “In Tibet, the CCP has long led a campaign to erase the Tibetan people’s language, culture, religion and identity. In Xinjiang, Beijing is perpetrating genocide against Muslim Uyghurs and other minorities.”
“And throughout the mainland [the legal territory of China], the CCP continues to target and arrest activists, religious-freedom leaders and others who dare to defy the regime,” she concluded. “We cannot stand by as the CCP proceeds to threaten Taiwan — and democracy itself.”
Biden previously advised against Pelosi’s trip, stating that the U.S. military assessed that “it is not a good idea right now.”
The delegation’s visit is significant, as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stands as the last official of her level to visit Taiwan, doing so in 1997.
“Our visit reiterates that America stands with Taiwan: a robust, vibrant democracy and our important partner in the Indo-Pacific,” Pelosi said on Twitter, sharing her op-ed detailing the purpose of the trip:
Our visit reiterates that America stands with Taiwan: a robust, vibrant democracy and our important partner in the Indo-Pacific. pic.twitter.com/2sSRJXN6ST
Pelosi, in the op-ed, pointed to the Taiwan Relations Act, identifying it as “one of the most important pillars of U.S. Foreign policy in the Asia Pacific.” The act, she wrote, provided the framework for a relationship “rooted in shared interests and values: self-determination and self-government, democracy and freedom, human dignity and human rights.”
It also made a vow, she wrote, that the U.S. would “consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means… a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the United States.”
“Today, America must remember that vow. We must stand by Taiwan,” she wrote, deeming it an “island of resilience” and pointing to the threats issued by Beijing, which has heightened tensions in a variety of ways — from cyber attacks to economic pressure.
In the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) accelerating aggression, our congressional delegation’s visit should be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom.
Ultimately, Pelosi added that the visit is part of a broader trip focusing on shared interests, but she made it clear that it is also absolutely symbolic of the U.S. support of Taiwan in the face of threats from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“By traveling to Taiwan, we honor our commitment to democracy: reaffirming that the freedoms of Taiwan — and all democracies — must be respected,” she added.
In a separate statement, Pelosi said the visit in “no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) landed in Taipei, Taiwan, late Tuesday evening local time in defiance of the Biden administration’s and China’s warnings not to go.
The trip marks the first time in 25 years that a U.S. official of her level visited Taiwan. The previous visit was in 1997 by then-Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA).
“Our Congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“Our discussions with Taiwan leadership will focus on reaffirming our support for our partner and on promoting our shared interests, including advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region. America’s solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important today than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy,” she added.
The Biden administration opposed her trip out of fear it would further destabilize the U.S. relationship with China at a time when the U.S. is suffering from high prices of goods, supply-chain disruptions, and pursuing a green energy agenda, all of which the administration hopes it can work with China on as midterm elections loom.
Pelosi first planned to take the trip in April but postponed it after contracting Chinese coronavirus – a disease the Taiwanese government attempted to alert the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) about in December 2019 but was ignored. She brought with her a delegation of Democrat lawmakers, although she had also invited at least one Republican member, Rep. Michael McCaul (TX), ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who declined to go.
The trip sparked fury from Beijing, which warned of consequences. Chinese propagandist Hu Xijin threatened that China could shoot down her plane in a tweet, which he later deleted after Twitter locked his account.
The Taiwan president’s website was reportedly under a cyber attack earlier Tuesday.
Republicans urged Pelosi to take the trip and not back down to Biden or allow Beijing to veto the travel of American officials.
Also with her on the trip are Reps. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Mark Takano, chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; Suzan DelBene, vice chair of the House Ways and Means Committee; Raja Krishnamoorthi, member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and chair of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform; and Andy Kim, member of the Armed Services Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.
The trip also caps Pelosi’s career as an opponent of the Chinese Communist Party as she nears retirement, but could help distract from a string of bad press after her husband Paul Pelosi was recently arrested for drunk driving and for his stock purchases seemingly timed with congressional action.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) staged military exercises and published propaganda videos of various weapons, including an alleged “aircraft carrier killer,” on Sunday and Monday in anticipation of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arriving in Asia and potentially visiting Taiwan.
Pelosi landed in Singapore on Monday and has since met with its president and prime minister, bringing along a congressional delegation. Pelosi’s office confirmed the delegation would also visit Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan. Rumors for weeks have indicated that Pelosi had long been considering a surprise stop in the sovereign, democratic nation of Taiwan – defying the Chinese Communist Party, which falsely claims Taiwan as a rogue “province” and dismisses its government as an illegitimate separatist entity.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) confirmed to Breitbart News last week that Pelosi was planning to visit Taiwan and had invited him to join, though he was unable to due to scheduling reasons.
Various Communist Party spokesmen and propagandists have spent much of the past month threatening Pelosi in an attempt to prevent the visit, warning that Beijing would consider such a high-profile visit a violation of its “One China” policy – which insists that Taiwan (the Republic of China) is a province of the People’s Republic of China. Top Global Times commentator Hu Xijin suggested last week that Chinese forces should shoot Pelosi’s plane down if it appears to be traveling to Taiwan. Hu described a visit to Taiwan by Pelosi and the delegation, even if welcomed by the Taiwanese government, as an “invasion” of China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian addressed the situation with threats once again on Monday, though he did not warn of any particular measure against the United States.
“If she dares to go, wait and see!” Zhao told a reporter ominously.
“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army will not sit back,” Zhao told reporters, according to Chinese state media. “China will take resolute and strong countermeasures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
On Friday, during his last regular news briefing, Zhao similarly said China would respond to Pelosi flying to Taiwan with unspecified “resolute countermeasures.”
“The U.S. side must bear all consequences arising therefrom, Zhao said at a daily news briefing when answering a query on whether U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan would ruin the atmosphere for holding more high level dialogues between China and the United States,” according to the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Global Times, China’s most belligerent English-language government propaganda outlet, published multiple posts on Sunday in preparation for the PLA’s anniversary describing displays of military power as attempted deterrents to keep Pelosi out of Taiwan.
“Shortly prior to Army Day, which falls on August 1, the PLA revealed new progress made in its advanced weaponry and equipment including its hypersonic missile, amphibious assault ship, aerial tanker and large destroyers,” the Timesreported on Sunday, “all of which are described by military analysts as having important roles to play if a conflict breaks out in the Taiwan Straits.”
“With Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan, this year’s Army Day is a special one,” the outlet continued, “with concrete and realistic combat preparations being made against one of the most severe provocations against China’s sovereignty since the 1996 Taiwan Straits crisis, analysts say.”
The Times highlighted PLA propaganda shared on social media, including a video titled “preparing for war!” and multiple state media broadcasts of live-fire drills and the display of alleged anti-aircraft-carrier hypersonic technology.
热烈庆祝中国人民解放军建军95周年！中国军队将永远是维护世界和平的坚定力量! Warmly celebrate the 95th founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army！The Chinese army will always be a staunch force in keeping world peace!#PLA95pic.twitter.com/UoJ1DRckyw
Elsewhere in its pages on Sunday, the Global Times bizarrely speculated that Pelosi’s plane may have technical troubles and need an emergency landing crossing from one of the four scheduled stops on the trip. In that case, it insisted, the Chinese government should force Pelosi to land on Hainan, a Chinese tropical island near Taiwan, and avoid allowing Pelosi anywhere near the country of Taiwan.
“If Pelosi’s plane really has emergency problems during her trip around China, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft can provide protection to her plane and let her land at airports in China’s Sansha city, Hainan Province in the South China Sea, or other airports in the Chinese mainland [the legal territory of China],” the Times posited, “which could provide professional services and assistance, as long as the speaker’s plane stays away from China’s Taiwan.”
Reports out of Singapore indicated that Pelosi did not spend much of her time there discussing China or Taiwan. The U.S. Congressional delegation met with Singapore’s President Hamilah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the first of her scheduled two days in the country. Yacob posted a photo with Pelosi on social media and said the two discussed climate change, women’s rights, and “ways to deepen education and people-to-people ties between our two countries.”
Earlier today, I met with a US Congressional Delegation led by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. We…
Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Ministry issued an update on the meeting with Lee, the prime minister, which did indicate that Lee addressed tensions between China and America.
“PM Lee highlighted the importance of stable US-China relations for regional peace and security,” the ministry reportedly said.
Pelosi has for decades been a vocal opponent of the Chinese Communist Party, once famously protesting against communism in Tiananmen Square, the site of one of the Party’s most prominent mass killings. In more recent years, however, Pelosi’s position on the Communist Party has been largely compromised by business dealings between Beijing and members of her family.
“Nancy Pelosi used to be pretty anti-Chinese Communist Party early in her career, and then her husband and son started seeking deals in Beijing,” Breitbart News senior contributor and blockbuster author Peter Schweizer explained in January, citing research from his book Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win. “And it’s interesting, you’ll remember the last time China held the Olympics in 2008, Nancy Pelosi was in favor of a boycott. And then, lo and behold, her husband was partner in a couple of limousine companies that got major contracts in China to ferry VIPs around the Olympics, and Nancy Pelosi suddenly went from boycotting the Olympics to saying that she was opposed to a boycott for the Olympics.”