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The Chinese military released a propaganda video of their troops launching rockets, grabbing weapons and taking off in fighter jets ahead Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visit to Taiwan.
“If Pelosi insists on visiting Taiwan, China will take decisive and decisive action to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Monday, according to the New York Post.
The rhetoric came after sources confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that Pelosi would visit Taiwan as part of his trip to asia this week, which would make the Speaker of the House the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the independently governed island since then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in 1997.
Rumors about Pelosi’s trip did not sit well with China, which sees Taiwan as part of its territory and any trip by a senior US official as evidence of US support for the island’s independence.
THE PHOTOS BELOW ARE SCREENSHOTS FROM A CHINESE PROPAGANDA VIDEO POSTED BY STATE MEDIA:
“Those who play with fire will die from it,” Zhao said. “We would like to warn the US once again that we are fully prepared for any eventuality and the PLA will never sit idly by.”
Chinese military On Monday, the Eastern Theater Command posted a video on state media websites showing a military exercise that included aircraft carriers, fighter jets flying in formation, paratroopers making combat jumps and soldiers emerging from woodlands and the ocean.
“We are fully prepared for any surprises. Fight on orders, bury every violator and move towards joint and successful operations! New York Post.
Meanwhile, Taiwan put its military on high alert on Monday in response to China’s rhetoric. White House Homeland security spokesman John Kirby downplayed the threats.
“We should not, as a country, we should not be intimidated by this rhetoric or these potential actions. This is an important trip for the speaker and we are going to do our best to support her, Kirby told reporters.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang celebrated Pelosi’s possible arrival without confirming the House Speaker’s trip.
“We always warmly welcome the visits of distinguished foreign guests to our country,” he said.