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Nancy Pelosi appears to have been on her way to visit Taiwan. A Chinese propagandist threatened that her plane would be shot down. US House Speaker’s plane lands in Hawaii

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Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on July 29

Speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi went on a trip to Asia. In the past few days, the media have written that during the visit, Pelosi may visit Taiwanand these rumors have heightened tensions between the US and China.

For the first time that Pelosi – technically the third person in the United States after the president and vice president – can visit Taiwan, wrote July 19 The Financial Times. According to the publication, China, through unofficial channels, warned the United States about the “serious consequences” of such a development; later in Beijing officially confirmed this information.

The US authorities did not confirm or deny plans for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan – only Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore are still listed in the official program of the visit. Pelosi herself also refused to answer questions about her visit to Taiwan. Sources in her environment July 28 claimedthat no final decision has been made yet.

On the same day, Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a conversation with US President Joe Biden, warned him against “playing with fire” on Taiwan, Beijing reported. Xi reminded Biden that the US must respect principle of “One China”. At the same time, the Chinese army began a previously unannounced exercise in Fujian province, separated from Taiwan by the strait.

Politico edition wrotethat the Pentagon continued to prepare for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and considered the possibility of her flying on a military plane as one of the options. Following this on July 29, influential Chinese pro-government journalist and former Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin wrote on social media that if American fighters escorted Pelosi’s plane to Taiwan, it would be an invasion – and that in such a case, Chinese planes could be lifted into the air to force the Americans to leave the airspace. “If that’s not enough, I think it’s okay to shoot down Pelosi’s plane,” he said.

Pelosi’s plane took off from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on the morning of July 30 Moscow time. About 60 thousand people followed his flight on the FlightRadar24 service live. Around 5 p.m., he landed in Hawaii. After that, FlightRadar24 disabled the ability to track the movement of the aircraft.

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