US House Speaker may use ’emergency excuse’ to land on island, Global Times newspaper says
The plane carrying U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi may attempt to land in Taiwan as the self-governing island is not among the officially announced destinations for its Asia tour, the newspaper warned. of Chinese state, the Global Times.
“It’s always possible that Pelosi might want to make a risky and dangerous move by trying to land at a Taiwan airport with emergency excuses like plane failure or refueling,” the English-language media wrote on Sunday, citing Chinese analysts.
Due to such risk, “Chinese military patrols, radar detections and relevant exercises should always remain on high alert in the coming days,” the added paper.
However, the Global Times pointed out that while Pelosi “really has emergency problems…People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft can provide protection for their aircraft and let it land at airports in the Chinese city of Sansha, Hainan Province in the South China Sea, or other airports in the Chinese mainland, which could provide professional service and support.
But that will only happen “as long as the speaker’s plane stays away from Taiwan in China”, he added.
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