China’s government vowed to take “targeted military operations” after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defied its threats and visited Taiwan on Tuesday.
Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said in a statement: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is on high alert and will launch a series of targeted military operations to counter this, resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolutely thwart external interference and ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist attempts.”
China had warned that a visit by Pelosi to the island nation it considers part of its sovereign borders would cross a red line and even threatened to shoot down the Speaker’s plane.
Pelosi landed in Tapei Tuesday as part of a congressional delegation’s tour of eastern Asia this week.
“Our congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” the Speaker said upon landing.
The last time a Speaker of the House visited Taiwan was in 1997, when Newt Gingrich was Speaker during the Clinton Administration.
The Biden Administration had warned Pelosi of the risks of her visit, but failed to dissuade her from flying to Tapai.