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China Vows To “Fight To The Death” — Amasses Tanks On Border


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Tensions between China and Taiwan appear to be intensifying following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier today.

China, which previously warned of “serious consequences” if Pelosi went forward with her visit, has now vowed to ‘fight to the death.’

Additionally, they’ve amassed tanks along the Fujian coast near the Taiwan Strait.

Dramatic footage was shared on Weibo, a Chinese social network.

Warplanes were also seen near the Taiwan Strait.

Pelosi made her trip to Taipei, the Taiwan capital, early Tuesday.

She made the trip despite strong warnings from the Chinese government not to.

MSN has more on the rising tensions:

China piled a beach opposite Taiwan with tanks and vowed to fight ‘to the death’ as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touched down in the self-ruled island for the highest-level visit by a US official in a quarter century.

Tanks lined the Fujian coast by the Taiwan Strait in dramatic video shared on the Chinese social network Weibo, and it appeared military equipment was being transferred in Xiamen. Chinese warplanes jetted along the Taiwan Strait.

The setup for a standoff unfolded as Pelosi landed in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei on Tuesday, despite strong objections and warnings from the Chinese government.

Wearing a pink suit and face mask, Pelosi stepped down a US Air Force plane and waved, surrounded by Taiwanese officials.

Shortly after touching down, Pelosi stated that her visit ‘honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy’.

Footage of Chinese activity hit social media earlier today:

The BBC previously reported on Nancy Pelosi’s proposed visit to Taiwan last week, which did not sit well with the Chinese from the beginning:

China has warned of “serious consequences” if Ms Pelosi were to proceed with her visit.

Second in line to the presidency, after the vice-president, Ms Pelosi would be the highest ranking US politician to travel to the island since 1997.

This rankles China, which sees self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province that must become a part of the country. Beijing has not ruled out the possible use of force to achieve this.

Even the Biden administration has reportedly tried to dissuade the California Democrat from going.

Last week, President Joe Biden told reporters “the military thinks it’s not a good idea”, but his White House has called Chinese rhetoric against any such trip “clearly unhelpful and not necessary”.

The state department says Ms Pelosi has not announced any travel and the US approach to Taiwan remains unchanged.

Pelosi allegedly made the visit to Taiwan in spite of opposition from Joe Biden, who previously stated that “the military thinks it’s not a good idea.”



 

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