China plans ‘targeted military operations’ after Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan

China on Tuesday announced that it would launch a series of “targeted military operations” in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Chinese state media reported.

The Chinese Defence ministry said that they would “resolutely defend [their] national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” as tensions flared between the US and China.

Supporters hold a banner outside the hotel where US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is supposed to be staying in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AP)

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The Chinese People’s Liberation Army will conduct important military exercises and training activities, including live-fire drills from August 4 till August 7, the Chinese state media reported.

China said that its Eastern Theater Command will hold joint military operations around Taiwan, with joint maritime and air drills in north, south-west and south-east of the island. China also said that it would hold long-range artillery shooting in the Taiwan Strait and conventional missile test firing in sea regions east of the island starting Tuesday night, a Chinese official said.

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China’s Foreign Affairs ministry on Tuesday in a strongly-worded statement said that Pelosi’s Taiwan visit was “a serious violation of the one-China principle” and that it would have a “severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations”.

China also said that the visit seriously “infringed upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“It [the visit] gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for “Taiwan independence”. China firmly opposes and sternly condemns this, and has made serious démarche and strong protest to the United States,” the official statement read.

The statement further stated, “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. This has been clearly recognized by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 of 1971. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, 181 countries have established diplomatic relations with China on the basis of the one-China principle.”

The statement further said that since Pelosi was the incumbent leader of the US Congress, her visit to and activities in Taiwan was “a major political provocation to upgrade US official exchanges with Taiwan.”

While condemning Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China also said that all the consequences arising from the visit would be borne by the US and the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces.

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