Today, during the regular briefing, the spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry said that “its military will not sit idly by” if Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan. 

 

“We want to once again make it clear to the US side that the Chinese side is fully prepared for any eventuality and that the People’s Liberation Army of China will never sit idly by, and we will make a resolute response and take strong countermeasures to uphold China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, What the US should do is to abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three Sino-US joint communiqués, fulfil President Biden’s commitment of not supporting “Taiwan independence” and not arrange for a visit by Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during the regular press conference.  

 

This is another warning from China to Washington related to the speculation that Pelosi, who is known for her critical stance toward China, intends to visit Taiwan as part of her Asia tour, which began Monday. 

 

Nancy Pelosi is considered to be the No.3 official of the U.S. government, so her visit, according to China, could be "a gross interference in China’s internal affairs."

 

“We are closely following the itinerary of Speaker Pelosi. A visit to Taiwan by her would constitute a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, seriously undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, wantonly trample on the one-China principle, greatly threaten peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, severely undermine China-US relations and lead to a very serious situation and grave consequences,” he added. 

 

You can read the whole press release here