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Taipei airport “mined” on the eve of Pelosi’s arrival – UNIAN

Taiwan has deployed an unusually large number of fighters in the southeast.

To disrupt the visit: Taipei airport was

Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport (Taipei) received reports of allegedly planted explosive devices on the eve of the expected visit of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

It is reported by the Taiwanese edition Liberty Times Network.

The Taoyuan mailbox at about 9 am (2:00 Kyiv time) received reports that 3 explosives would allegedly be planted at the airport in order to prevent Pelosi from visiting.

The Taoyuan International Airport Company said it called the police. The Aviation Police Bureau is investigating, law enforcement officers have begun searching for the people who sent the threatening letter.

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The aviation police bureau, the Ministry of Transportation, the Civil Aviation Administration and the Internal Security Administration notified about the incident. The airport company also asked its colleagues to increase their vigilance.

It is noteworthy that earlier reports appeared in the Taiwanese media that Pelosi would arrive at Songshan Airport, which serves a small (compared to Taoyuan Airport) part of international flights to Taipei.

As reported, Taiwan bolstered the army’s combat readiness during Pelosi’s expected visit.

More than the usual number of sorties were flown from Chiayi Air Base. In particular, F-16V fighters took off fully armed with bombs and missiles. And eight Mirage 2000 fighter jets arrived at Taitung Air Base to reinforce the deployment.

On Tuesday morning, Beijing closed the sky over Fujian province (closest to Taiwan). They announced the cancellation of a large number of flights scheduled for Tuesday. In addition, Beijing announced regular military exercises during the proposed visit.

On the morning of August 2, Chinese warships appeared off the east coast, according to local media. A Chinese missile destroyer and missile frigate have been found 45 nautical miles (about 80 kilometers) southeast of Taiwan.

Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan: what you need to know

According to Taiwanese media, Pelosi will begin his visit to Taiwan around 5:30 pm Kyiv time. She is supposed to leave the island tomorrow.

China has stated that will respond with “drastic measures” if Pelosi travels to Taiwan, and also stressed that he “strongly objects” to a possible visit.

On the eve of the proposed visit, Beijing warned of “egregious political consequences.” Chinese officials also said the nation “will not sit idly by” if Beijing feels its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” are under threat.

The American side has not officially confirmed Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Her Asian tour includes visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, some of which have already taken place.

If the visit to Taiwan goes ahead, Pelosi will be the first senior US politician to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

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