The arrival of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a visit to Taiwan caused great irritation in Beijing, which is not going to leave a challenge of this level unanswered, and the first measures are already quite tough.
China, despite promises to shoot down a plane with Nancy PelosiSpeaker of the US House of Representatives on board, still didn’t do it despite the fact that Beijing was strongly pushed to this decision.
“The United States will definitely bear the responsibility and pay for undermining China’s sovereignty and security interests,” warned Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. “The United States is taking provocative actions that could escalate tensions in the Taiwan Strait,” stated she today.
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China’s first response was to impose a food embargo. Because Beijing treats Taiwan like its own territory, Pelosi’s visit resulted in a virtual trade embargo on the island, including items banned by Beijing:
- Children food.
- Fresh seafood, etc.
To date, more than 2,000 items have been placed on the same black list, according to Nikkei Asia estimates, about two-thirds of the 3,228 items Taiwan exports to the People’s Republic of China.
At the same time, the fact that Beijing is starting to cancel and especially adjust dozens of flights from the very morning is a matter of concern for the Taiwanese authorities who want to ensure a free air corridor in the straits for the next few hours.
At least 50 flights have been changed since the morning by Xiamen Airlines alone, based in Xiamen City, 300 kilometers from the island, and the reason for the sudden change is air traffic control, which has caused great concern among passengers.
At the same time, according to videos posted on social media, China is moving military forces to the city of Xiamen in Fujian province, opposite Taiwan, thereby pushing relations with the US to the extreme.
Recall, last night, the Eastern Command of the Chinese Armed Forces (PLA) announced that its forces were put on high alert and “would engage the enemy on command.”