For this year’s annual Han Kuang military exercises in #Taiwan, I boarded a destroyer to watch our Navy & Air Force in action. Their execution of a range of live-fire drills gives me confidence in our military’s ability & determination to respond to any contingency. pic.twitter.com/ER7IbC9Eru— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) July 26, 2022
[firefly_poll] Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, however, was quick to comment on the matter during a regularly scheduled briefing on Thursday, immediately painting the United States as a regional aggressor. “It is clear from this for everyone to see who is the biggest threat to the South China Sea and the Asian region’s peace and stability,” The USS Ronald Reagan sits at the head of Carrier Strike Group Five and is currently the only U.S. Carrier home-ported out of Yokosuka, Japan. Carrier Strike Group Five includes three Ticonderoga-Class Aegis Cruisers, as well as the seven permanently assigned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 15.
Then and Now.Join us in celebrating the 19th anniversary of USS Ronald Reagan’s commissioning as we operate forward, supporting our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.#WeAreReagan #HappyBirthday #commissioningday pic.twitter.com/mkysH8fa6d — USS Ronald Reagan (@Gipper_76) July 12, 2022
According to Reuters, “News of the deployment of the Japan-based carrier comes as Beijing and Washington trade diplomatic blows over Pelosi’s visit, reportedly due to take place next month after being postponed earlier in the year. Pelosi has not confirmed the possible trip.” As the trip has been confirmed by both Taiwanese sources and by an unnamed U.S. official as reported by CNN in spite of concerns from high-ranking Biden administration officials who believe the move could escalate the already dicey situation with Beijing.
Not just Ronald Reagan carrier strike group is near Taiwan: Amphibious Assault Group Tripoli (LHA7) near Taiwan now too pic.twitter.com/8v1GMJ9Kj7— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 1, 2022
The Chinese Communist government has offered a stern rebuke to even the consideration of such a visit, citing the “egregious political impact” of it and reiterating that the Chinese military “won’t sit by idly” should they feel their “sovereignty and territorial integrity” are threatened. Zhao told the gathered press, “We would like to tell the U.S. once again that China is standing by, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by. China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.” “As for what measures, if she dares to go, then let’s wait and see,” Zhao added. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
We urge the US and Japan not to incite division & confrontation in the name of cooperation & dialogue. pic.twitter.com/Sb8p01leCU— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) August 1, 2022