In the latest rhetorical salvo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday that US politicians who “play with fire” on the Taiwanese issue “will not come to a happy ending”.
The United States said Monday it would not be intimidated by what the Chinese called “saber chatter”.
Most of Pelosi’s scheduled meetings, including with President Tsai Ing-wen, were scheduled for Wednesday, a person familiar with her travel schedule said.
Four sources said she was scheduled to meet a group of activists on Wednesday afternoon who are outspoken about China’s human rights record.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it would not comment on reports of Pelosi’s travel plans, while its office also remained silent.
In addition to Chinese planes flying close to the centerline of the sensitive waterway on Tuesday morning, several Chinese warships had remained close to the unofficial dividing line since Monday, the source told Reuters.
The White House warned China not to overreact to a trip by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, saying it would have every right to visit the self-ruled island, despite Beijing calling it considers a very provocative challenge.
China has communicated with the United States about Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yi emphasized China’s solemn stance and warned that some US politicians who selfishly play with fire on the Taiwan issue will become the enemies of 1.4 billion Chinese and will not come to fruition, the statement said. Chinese state media outlet Global. Time.
Eight US fighter jets and five refueling aircraft have taken off from the US military base and may provide security for Pelosi’s plane, Japanese media reported.
Meanwhile, China has suspended imports of 35 Taiwanese cookie and pastry exporters since Monday, in a warning salvo to the self-governed island ahead of a possible visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi.
The Taiwan presidential office website was subjected to a foreign cyber attack on Tuesday and at one point malfunctioned, Reuters reported citing a source.
Taoyuan Airport in Taipei received three bomb threats that Taiwanese media said were about disrupting Pelosi’s visit.
China increased its military activity around Taiwan tonight ahead of Pelosi’s arrival, according to ABC.
(with input from agencies)
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