Beijing is “fully prepared to respond” if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi travels to Taiwan, China’s UN envoy says
A possible visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-governed island of Taiwan would undermine relations between China and the US, Beijing’s Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, has said.
According to media reports, Pelosi could fly to Taiwan Tuesday as the third-in-line to the US presidency. This would make him the highest ranking American official to have visited Taiwan since 1997.
“Such a visit is apparently dangerous and provocative,”Zhang Jun spoke during Monday’s briefing. It will, among others. “send a wrong signal to the separatist elements” in Taiwan, infringe on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, threaten peace and stability in the region, and “undermine the relationship between China and the US,”He concluded.
“China is fully prepared to respond. If the US insists on making the visit, China will take firm and strong measures to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the US has to bear all the serious consequences arising thereof,”The envoy warned.
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