China: Preparing For War, Says Taiwan Will Be Where US Shows Its True Paper Tiger Face
CHINA - China's state media Global Times says that Taiwan will be a place where the United States finally shows its "true paper tiger face" and says that they will put up a sturdy "fight to the end" to thwart Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. .
The state-run media said that China and the United States are both "locked in an intense clash" over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan and cited Tan Kefei, a spokesperson of China's Ministry of National Defense as saying that the "PLA will not sit idly by if Pelosi visits Taiwan island."
The Global Times also cited the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying that they are "fully prepared for any eventuality," and said that the stated phrase "is an idiom and is difficult to translate into English so that Americans can understand its deep meaning."
The report went on to say, "It is not a preparation in the general sense, nor does it mean to keep the army ready for combat, but a status that means the troops have been already lined up, soldiers are in place and ammunition is loaded so that the battle can be started any time."
"We are fully prepared for any eventuality. The Chinese foreign ministry sent the message through this sentence that China has made all-around deployment, primarily of military means, to give a head-on blow to Pelosi's planned Taiwan visit, thwart her conspiracy to support Taiwan secession and split China. China has prepared for an escalation of confrontation and also prepared to teach hawks in Washington a bitter and heavy lesson with a price that the US side cannot afford," it added.
It also advised the United States to "keep calm" and listed its nuclear missile arsenal as an example of how it has "strengthened its nuclear deterrence" in recent years.
"At the Tiananmen Square military parade in 2019, there were 16 new-type strategic nuclear missile launchers carrying Dongfeng-41, all with multiple warheads. At that time, China had more than 16 such missiles. Nearly three years later, Dongfeng-41 has become the main force of China's land-based intercontinental missiles' strategic deterrence against the US." the report stated.
The report concluded that "This time, the Chinese mainland will definitely put up a sturdy fight to the end to thwart Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, without fear of any escalation."
It said that the United States and the island of Taiwan must understand that the "red line" is a "high-voltage" one that they "cannot step on". Otherwise, it said, the United States could be facing a 'high-intensity crisis" that could lead to a "severe military conflict".
China has also announced that they are holding live-fire exercises off the coast of Fujian province in the Taiwan Strait on July 30th.
A journalist for Chinese state media responded to a CNN report on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departing for a tour of Asia today.
Hu Xijin, Chinese state journalist and the former editor-in-chief and party secretary of the Global Times re-posted the CNN report and said, "If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is an invasion. The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making the tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down".
Lastly, a message posted by China's official People's Liberation Army (PLA) 80th Group over Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan stated on the Chinese social media website Weibo said, "Get ready for war [as translated]". It accumulated hundreds of thousands of thumbs up in just 12 hours' time.
The Global Times, which reported the message as "preparing for war" said that the post, which showed up on China's Weibo social network created a "high morale among Chinese soldiers".
The Chinese 80th Group Army posted a comment saying, "we must bear in mind the fundamental responsibility of preparing for war and charge on the journey of a strong army."
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