Chinese military releases video touting military might ahead of Pelosi trip to Taiwan
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The Chinese military released a propaganda video of its troops launching missiles, seizing weapons and taking off in fighter jets ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
“If Pelosi insists on surrendering to Taiwan, China will take resolute and strong measures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Monday, according to the report. New York Post.
The rhetoric comes after sources confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that Pelosi will visit Taiwan as part of his Asia trip this week, which would make the House speaker the highest ranking US official to visit the ruled island of independently from Speaker of the House Newt. Gingrich in 1997.
News of Pelosi’s trip did not sit well with China, which views Taiwan as its territory and any trip by a senior US official as confirmation of US support for the island’s independence.
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THE PHOTOS BELOW ARE SCREENSHOTS TAKEN FROM THE CHINESE PROPAGANDA VIDEO RELEASED BY STATE MEDIA:
“Those who play with fire will perish,” Zhao said. “We would once again like to put the United States on notice that we are fully prepared for any eventuality and that the PLA will never stand idly by.”
The Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command released the video on state media sites on Monday, showing military drills that included aircraft carriers, fighter jets flying in formation, paratroopers performing combat jumps and soldiers coming out of wooded areas and the ocean.
“We are fully prepared for any eventuality. Fight on orders, bury every intruder and advance to joint and successful operations! We are PLA soldiers, we swear to defend the motherland to the death,” the soldiers say in the video, according to the New York Post.
Taiwan put its military on heightened alert in response to Chinese rhetoric on Monday, while White House national security spokesman John Kirby downplayed the threats.
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“We shouldn’t be, as a country, we shouldn’t be intimidated by this rhetoric or these potential actions. This is an important journey for the speaker and we’re going to do everything we can to support her,” Kirby told reporters.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang celebrated Pelosi’s potential arrival without confirming the Speaker’s trip.
“We always warmly welcome visits to our country from distinguished foreign guests,” he said.