According to the Financial Times report Saturday, Beijing’s threats are significantly stronger than the previous warnings. The Chinese Communist Party has previously warned the United States that any interference with its political involvement in Taiwan would be seen as an affront to China. China has claimed that Taiwan is part of its nation. However, Taiwan sees it very differently and there have been numerous uprisings against the Chinese government and many young Taiwanese freedom fighters have been threatened by the communist regime.
The Financial Times cited several people familiar with the situation, who spoke to the news agency on condition of anonymity.
An earlier report from the Financial Times, on July 18, revealed that Pelosi had planned on visiting Taiwan.
In early July, the Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe met his US counterpart Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in an informal meeting at the Asian security summit in Singapore, according to the BBC and other reports.
Wei noted that dividing Taiwan from China will leave the Chinese military without a choice but to “fight at any cost.” Austin stated that actions taken recently by the Chinese military have been “provocative, and destabilizing.”
China views self-ruled Taiwan as an integral part of China’s territory, a stance that prompted Mr Wei to condemn US arms sales to Taiwan.
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