Concerns about the possibility of World War III have been on the rise of late, as Russia continues to exert their nonexistent authority in Ukraine and China remains belligerent on the subject of Taiwan.
Compounding that latter issue is a likely trip to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who would be the most prominent US diplomat to visit Taiwan since the 1990’s.
China, who does not recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, has repeatedly threatened the United States over the trip, and now that it appears certain that Pelosi will be making the trip, Beijing is growing belligerent.
After rampant speculation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be visiting Taiwan and meeting with government officials this week, according to reports, and the former editor of a Chinese state-run publication has issued a dire warning.
While certain details remain up in the air, Pelosi is expected to go to Taiwan following her current stop in Singapore. She is reported to have planned meetings with Taiwanese officials and others on Tuesday evening and Wednesday.
“She’s definitely coming,” a person familiar with the situation told the Wall Street Journal. “The only variable is whether she spends the night in Taipei.”
China’s threats were wild and stern.
“China will take resolute and strong measures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. As for what measures exactly we will take, let’s wait and see if she dares making the visit,” as spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said about the possibility of Pelosi going to Taiwan.
Just days ago, China had suggested Pelosi’s arrival would constitute an “invasion” and that China would be in their right to shoot down her plane.