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China warns of military action if Pelosi visits Taiwan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off an Asia tour Monday that's been shrouded in secrecy following an escalation in tensions with China over Taiwan.

With no word on whether Pelosi will visit the island, she stopped first in Singapore, where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged her at a meeting to strive for "stable" ties with Beijing.

Her itinerary also includes Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, but a possible Taiwan visit has dominated attention in the run-up.

Reports about a plan to visit the island have enraged Beijing and caused unease in the White House, with President Biden trying to lower the temperature between Washington and Beijing.

John Kirby, coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, told reporters Monday that the speaker has not confirmed any travel plans, "and it is for the speaker to do so, and her staff."

"We have been clear from the very beginning that she will make her own decisions, and that Congress is an independent branch of government," Kirby said. "Our Constitution embeds a separation of powers. This is well known to the PRC, given our more than four decades of diplomatic relations. The speaker has the right to visit Taiwan, and the speaker of the House has visited Taiwan before, without incident, as have many members of Congress, including this year."

Kirby said the Biden administration has provided context and information to Pelosi ahead of her trip, whatever stops her trip may bring, and will continue to do so while she is on her trip.

Beijing considers self-ruled Taiwan its territory — to be seized one day, by force if necessary — and says it would regard a Pelosi visit as a major provocation.

The Reuters news agency quotes Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian as saying Monday it would be "a gross interference in China's internal affairs" if Pelosi were to stop in Taiwan. He warned it would result in "very serious developments and consequences."

"We would like to tell the United States once again that China is standing by, the Chinese People's Liberation Army will never sit idly by, and China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity," Zhao told a regular daily briefing.
The Global Times, China's state-run tabloid, suggested Pelosi might use "emergency excuses like an aircraft fault or refuelling" to land at a Taiwanese airport.

"If she dares to stop in Taiwan, it will be the moment to ignite the powder keg of the situation in the Taiwan Straits," Hu Xijin, a former Global Times editor who's now commentator, tweeted.

Taiwan's 23 million people have long lived with the possibility of an invasion, but the threat has intensified under Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The United States maintains a policy of "strategic ambiguity" over whether it would militarily intervene were China to invade.

While Washington diplomatically recognizes Beijing over Taipei, it also backs Taiwan's democratic government and opposes any forced change to the island's status.

American officials often make discreet visits to Taiwan to show support, but a Pelosi trip would be higher-profile than any in recent history.

Taiwan's government has remained silent on the prospect of a Pelosi visit and there's been minimal local press coverage.

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WW3 fears grow as Taiwan 'prepares for war' with China and puts army on 'high alert'

The simmering tension between Taiwan and China could be about to boil over, sparking fears it could trigger World War Three.

Taiwanese National Defense Ministry has reportedly cancelled some officers' and soldiers' leave and mobilised air defense forces to "prepare for war" in the latest development in a saga that has been threatening to escalate for months.

Taiwan has also been holding its largest ever military drills which simulate the repulsion of an invading force, as China's main ally Russia attempts to take Ukraine.

Last week, cities across Taiwan shut down for 30 minutes for a nationwide military drill, with police bungling people into shelters and citizens running with their hands on their heads.

That came as China last week made a bona fide threat to Taiwan, saying that if US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the country, which wants to keep its independence from China, they would have to react.

China warned that its military would never "sit idly by" if she were to visit Taiwan, the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.

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