The plane carrying Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi may attempt to land in Taiwan, although the island is not one of the officially announced destinations of her Asian trip. Before that, the party-affiliated Chinese newspaper GlobalTimes warned, who wrote on Sunday, citing Chinese analysts:
“It’s still possible that Pelosi wants to make a risky and dangerous move by attempting to land at a Taiwanese airport, citing emergency excuses like plane failure or refueling.”
Because of this risk, “Chinese military patrols, radar detections and related drills should remain on high alert in the coming days,” the newspaper said.
the GlobalTimes however, pointed out that the People’s Liberation Army of China could protect their aircraft and land them at airports in the Chinese city of Sansha, Hainan Province in the South China Sea, or other airports in mainland China that could provide professional services and assistance, if necessary Pelosi should have “really problems”. But this will only happen “as long as the spokeswoman’s plane stays away from China’s Taiwan,” it said.
Though the US agrees on paper with the One China policy, it unofficially maintains close ties with the island of 23.5 million, selling arms to the island’s authorities and secretly supporting their quest for independence.
Beijing, which is increasingly concerned about these contacts, has reacted angrily to media reports that Pelosi, ranked third by US protocol, could make an unannounced trip to Taiwan.
China has threatened the US with “unbearable consequences” if the spokeswoman’s visit goes ahead, with some Chinese analysts even advocating the use of force against the island in response to the “provocation”.
However, Taiwan was missing from the list of destinations for her Asian trip that Pelosi announced on Sunday. “High-level meetings” are planned in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, she wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, a Taiwanese TV station reported that Pelosi may arrive in Taiwan on Tuesday. Reservations have been made at a five-star hotel for the US delegation, which is led by one of the country’s top officials TVBS News reported, citing sources.
According to the report, Pelosi and her entourage will be staying at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei’s eastern Xinyi Prefecture. Appropriate security measures have been taken to ensure their safety, the source said. Reservations have also been made at another hotel in Zhongshan District, the report said.
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