Taiwan has reportedly put its armed forces on high alert as it ‘prepares for war’ with China over US senator Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
Taiwan has reportedly put its military on high alert and has cancelled the leave of some officials and soldiers as it ‘prepares for war’ with China over US senator Nancy Pelosi’s reported visit.
According to Taiwan news outlets, the military has mobilised the air defence forces to “immediately prepare for war” after a high-level briefing.
This comes amid US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s tour of four Asian countries, which began on Monday. Local media in Taiwan reported that Pelosi will arrive on Tuesday night, becoming the highest-ranking elected US official to visit in more than 25 years.
A US official’s visit will spark fury in China, which regards Taiwan as its own territory and has repeatedly warned of “serious consequences” if the reported trip goes ahead.
“Those who play with fire will perish by it. We would like to once again admonish the US that we are fully prepared for any eventuality and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will never sit idly by,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian was quoted as saying by AP.