China threatens … the United States will bear all the consequences if Pelosi visits Taiwan

China warned Wednesday that Washington “will bear the consequences” if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan as tensions between the two countries escalate.

“If the United States goes ahead with a visit to Taiwan … the American side will bear all the consequences,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said. in a regular press conference, as Beijing considers Taiwan an inalienable part of China. “We are strongly opposed to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan,” he added.

Taiwan, which enjoys a democratic system, lives under the constant threat of the invasion of China, as it considers the autonomous island part of its territory and will annex it by force if necessary.

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A possible visit, planned by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, raises concern in the administration of President Joe Biden, fearing that it may overstep China’s limits. The visit arrives in a difficult time in which President Xi Jinping, China’s most influential leader in decades, is preparing to consolidate his power by the end of the year in a key meeting of the party in in the midst of economic headwinds. Pelosi did not confirm the visit, but last week he told reporters: “It is important for us to show support for Taiwan,” while he denies that Congress is moving to support the island’s independence. Taiwan enjoys the support of the Republican and Democratic parties in Washington, where a split between the two political factions prevails over most of the files, and China’s warnings have drawn appeals urging Pelosi to move forward.