Meanwhile, Fox News reported, Taiwan has been conducting air raid drills across the country, and sirens could be heard in the capital of Taiwan. The island nation’s military has mobilized, according to The Associated Press. According to Reuters, the Zhao statements confirmed a Financial Times report on Saturday that the communist government has delivered what it called a “private warning” to the Biden White House that a visit by Pelosi would have serious repercussions. China claims the island is a breakaway part of the country, not an independent nation. “Beijing has not been explicit about its potential reaction. Its military could try to block Pelosi from landing in Taiwan or take other actions to impede her visit, such as using fighter jets to intercept her US military aircraft,” Financial Times reported. In his meeting with reporters, Zhao said Beijing was not taking the 82-year-old California Democrat’s proposed visit lightly. “We are seriously prepared,” he told reporters when asked to comment on the Financial Times report, according to Reuters. “The United States should be held responsible for any serious consequences,” he added. Last week, President Joe Biden appeared to be worried about the prospect of a serious Chinese reaction. “Well, I — I think that — the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now, but I don’t know what the status of it is,” Biden told reporters Wednesday. The New York Post reported that Pelosi’s potential visit — possibly in August — had not been confirmed by the speaker’s office. Still, critics of the administration have faulted Biden for appearing to show weakness in the face of Chinese intransigence. One of them was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is certainly no fan of Pelosi. “What is the Pentagon thinking when it publicly warns against Speaker Pelosi going to Taiwan?” the Republican wrote in a Twitter post on Monday. ”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,” Gingrich said. “Timidity is dangerous.”
On Speaker Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan, we are fully prepared for any eventuality. If the US side insists on making the visit, the Chinese side will take firm & strong measures. The US must assume full responsibility for any severe consequence arising thereof. pic.twitter.com/dQs3N9C99L— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) July 25, 2022
Gingrich was the last House speaker to visit Taiwan, in 1997, according to Fox News. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 25, 2022