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China vows to defend its ‘territorial integrity’

According to a spokesperson, the Chinese Air Force would circle Taiwan if needed.

If necessary, the Chinese Air Force will fly around Taiwan in fighter jets. “safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,”A spokesperson for the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated this on Sunday. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been confirmed to be in the area. But, Beijing isn’t sure if Pelosi will make a controversial trip to Taiwan.

Shen Jinke spoke at Sunday’s military airshow and said that China owns many different types of aircraft capable to circling. “this precious island of our motherland.” 

China’s Air Force “has the firm will, full confidence, and sufficient capability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,”Shen also said so, according to a Reuters Report citing Chinese state media.

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Shen’s statement came as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departed for Asia, announcing on Sunday that she would stop in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan for “high-level meetings.”Pelosi planned to travel to Taiwan with the trip. However, she did not confirm or deny that it was her plan. 

Beijing considers Taiwan, which has been ruled by a separate government since the late 1940s, to be part of its territory, and opposes high-level diplomatic recognition of the island’s authorities. Washington officially recognizes, but does not endorse, Beijing’s sovereignty over the island. 

If Pelosi approves her trip, it would make her the first Speaker of the House of Representatives since Newt Gingrich’s 1997 visit.

On Thursday, Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, warned Biden not to speak by telephone to him. “play with fire,” cautioning him that a visit by Pelosi would be perceived as a challenge to the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Biden said that the speaker’s visit would be “not a good idea,”But he didn’t directly warn her not to.

 

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