Hu Xijin, the influential former editor of China’s state-run Global Times, on Wednesday suggested Chinese forces should “restrain” and “punish” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) if she follows through with a planned visit to Taiwan next month.
Hu advised China’s air force to execute an act of war. He shadowed Pelosi’s plane from Taipei to help him land on the runway.
Hu threatened to kill the Chinese captives on Twitter. Although Twitter is banned by the Chinese government’s authoritarian regime, it is routinely used to promote propaganda by Communist officials.
My suggestion for Chinese government and military: Pelosi will visit Taiwan with a PLA military plane. This aircraft will fly alongside Pelosi’s aircraft to cross the island. It will make a historic crossing by military aircraft flying from the mainland. Pelosi would be overwhelmed by its significance. pic.twitter.com/Hiv6pMFOwO
— Hu Xijin Hu Xi Jin (@HuXijin_GT) July 20, 2022
Biden should be able to stop the irresponsible visit by Pelosi. China should be able to restrain and punish Pelosi if the US cannot. PLA Air Force will make her a disgrace for herself and the US.
— Hu Xijin Hu Xi Jin (@HuXijin_GT) July 21, 2022
Chinese mainland will not confirm in advance how to counter Pelosi’s provocation either. The US and Taiwan will pay an extremely high price for Pelosi’s visit. It will end up being a military show, full of tension. pic.twitter.com/wQZ84TmIDz
— Hu Xijin Hu Xi Jin (@HuXijin_GT) July 21, 2022
Chinese warplanes make frequent incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which is essentially the buffer around a country’s protected airspace. Beijing apparently hopes to exhaust and demoralize the much smaller Taiwanese air force by obliging it to respond to these constant ADIZ penetrations, a tactic known as “grey zone” warfare.
Hu suggested that Chinese warplanes could directly threaten Pelosi’s aircraft, and then follow it through the ADIZ, into Taiwan’s Airspace. This, he said, was an unusual provocation.
If the Chinese belligerent tyranny heeded Hu’s instructions, it could provoke a shooting conflict, even though he believed China could win a military game of brinksmanship through its provocations, without any response from either the Taiwanese nor American air force.
The Biden administration was characteristically weak about Pelosi’s visit. Hu took advantage of this opening with his tweets. Hu mocked President Joe Biden himself for mumbling on Wednesday that “the military” does not think Pelosi’s trip would be “a good idea right now,” but claiming he did not “know what the status of it is.”
Pelosi stewed over this uninspiring show of support from Biden in silence for over 24 hours before venturing that she thinks the Pentagon is “afraid our plane would get shot down, or something like that, by the Chinese.” She added that Biden has not spoken with her in person about her plan to visit Taipei.
Pelosi insisted her trip, the first visit to Taiwan by a House Speaker since Newt Gingrich made the journey in 1997, is still a good idea.
” “It is important that we show support Taiwan,” she stated.
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House on June 30, 2018, in Villepinte, north of Paris. (ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP via Getty Images)
” None of us has ever stated that we are for Taiwan independence. That’s up to Taiwan to decide,” she added, alluding to China’s accusations that the U.S. government supports Taiwanese “separatists.”
” I don’t always agree, but this one is a win for me,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“It is important to show support for China by being present in Taiwan. McCaul stated that this is a strong message for someone to visit Taiwan.
Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper paid a visit to Taipei himself on Thursday, and took the opportunity to say Washington should not “allow China to dictate the travel schedules of American officials.”
” The simple fact we are concerned about China’s behavior with respect to the Speaker of the House visit is an example in which we should rethink [our] policy,” Esper stated.
Even though Hu Xijin had explicitly threatened military force in order to stop Pelosi from visiting, the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned that it would “take forceful steps to resolutely reply and counter it .”
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was originally scheduled for April, but she postponed it after testing positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
The Financial Times on Tuesday quoted “six people familiar with the situation” who said Pelosi is now planning to lead a delegation to Taiwan in August.
Three of those sources said the White House has privately “expressed concern” about Pelosi making the trip, especially sandwiched between the August 1 anniversary of the foundation of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Congress, which will be held sometime in the fall. Dictator Xi Jinping will be seeking a third term at the Party Congress. This is an occasion during which the Chinese Communists are determined to achieve absolute military and economic power.