Earlier China warned of “unbearable consequences” if US House Speaker visits self-governed island
Flightradar reports that a plane thought to be carrying Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan.
Beijing considers Taiwan an integral piece of its territory, according to the One China policy. It has protested vigorously against the possibility trip and threatened the US. “unbearable consequences”If it does happen.
Taiwan wasn’t mentioned among the official destinations of the speaker’s Asian tour, which included Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, but media reports claimed that she could still visit the island.
China conducted live-fire military drills on Saturday off the coast of the southeastern province of Fujian, just across the strait between the mainland and Taiwan, in the wake of Pelosi’s trip to the region.
Although the US agrees with One China’s policy on paper it maintains close unofficial relations with Taiwan. The US sells weapons to Taipei, and supports its efforts for sovereignity. Taiwan was self-governing since 1949 but has never declared independence from Beijing.
On Monday, China’s ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, reiterated that the One China principle is “a red line” in Beijing’s relations with other nations, and no one will be allowed to cross it.
“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,” Zhang warned.