Hu Xijin, the influential former editor of China’s state-run newspaper world times, On Wednesday, Chinese forces are expected to “restrain” and “punish” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) if she continues her planned visit to Taiwan next month.
Hu advised the Chinese Air Force to commit an act of war by following Pelosi’s plane to the tarmac in Taipei.
Hu made these threats on Twitter, a platform banned from captive Chinese people by his authoritarian government, but regularly used by communist officials and their favorite spokespersons to spread propaganda in the free world:
My suggestion to the Chinese government and military: If Pelosi goes to Taiwan, PLA military planes will accompany Pelosi’s plane to enter the island, making a historic crossing of the island for the first time. by military aircraft from the mainland. Its significance would overwhelm Pelosi’s visit. pic.twitter.com/Hiv6pMFOwO
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) July 20, 2022
Biden is said to have the ability to prevent Pelosi’s reckless visit, rather than “I don’t know what his status is.” If the United States cannot restrain her, let China restrain her and punish her. PLA Air Force will surely make its visit a disgrace to itself and to the United States.
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) July 21, 2022
The Chinese mainland will also not confirm in advance how to counter Pelosi’s provocation. But the American and Taiwanese authorities will certainly pay a high price for his visit. It will ultimately be a military game, a good show full of suspense. pic.twitter.com/wQZ84TmIDz
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) July 21, 2022
Chinese warplanes manufacture frequent incursions in Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which is essentially the buffer zone around a country’s protected airspace. Beijing apparently hopes to wear down and demoralize the much smaller Taiwanese air force by forcing it to respond to these constant ADIZ penetrations, a tactic known as war in “grey zone”.
Hu was suggesting that Chinese fighter jets directly threaten Pelosi’s plane and follow it through the ADIZ and into Taiwan’s airspace – which, as he noted, would be an unprecedented provocation.
If China’s belligerent tyranny followed Hu’s advice, it could easily provoke a war, even though he seemed to believe that China could win a tightrope “military game” by carrying out its provocations unanswered by Taiwanese or American air forces. .
The Biden administration has been typically weak and sulky about Pelosi’s possible visit, giving Hu the opening he happily exploited with his tweets. Hu mocked President Joe Biden himself for mumble Wednesday that “the military” doesn’t think Pelosi’s trip would be “a good idea right now,” but saying he didn’t “know what the status was.”
Pelosi simmered on this pointless show of Biden support in silence for more than 24 hours before venturing that she thinks the Pentagon is ‘afraid our plane will be shot down, or something, by the Chinese’ . She added that Biden had not spoken to her in person about his plans to travel to Taipei.
Pelosi insisted on his trip, the first visit to Taiwan by a Speaker of the House since Newt Gingrich made the trip in 1997, is always a good idea.
“It’s important for us to show our support for Taiwan,” she said.
“None of us ever said we were for independence when it comes to Taiwan. It’s up to Taiwan to decide,” she added, referring to China’s accusations that the US government supports Taiwanese “separatists”.
“I don’t always agree with her, but on this one I applaud her,” agreed senior Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX ).
“It is important that we show up in Taiwan and show China that we stand together. It’s a very strong statement for a speaker to go to Taiwan,” McCaul said.
Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper paid a visit in Taipei itself on Thursday, and took the opportunity to say that Washington should not “allow China to dictate the travel schedules of US officials.”
“The mere fact that we are worried about what China might or might not do with regard to the visit of the Speaker of the House is an example that we need to rethink. [at] our policy,” Esper said.
Even before Hu Xijin explicitly threatened to use military force to block Pelosi’s visit, China’s foreign ministry threatened to “take strong measures to resolutely respond to and counter it.”
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was initially predicted for April, but she postponed it after testing positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
The FinancialTimes Tuesday cited “six people familiar with the situation” who said Pelosi now plans to lead a delegation to Taiwan in August.
Three of those sources said the White House privately “expressed concern” about Pelosi making the trip, particularly between August 1, the anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). and the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China, which will be tenuous sometimes in the fall. Dictator Xi Jinping is expected to claim an unprecedented third term in power at the Party Congress, an event in which the Chinese communists will strive to showcase absolute economic and military might.