UPDATE: THE PELOSI HAS LANDED – China military makes provocative moves as Pelosi is expected to land in Taiwan any time now

China has been crystal clear that they are not happy with Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan and are using their military warships and planes to make provocative moves just ahead of her visit.

Via New York Post:

With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expected to land in Taiwan later Tuesday, Chinese planes and warships “squeezed” the imaginary line dividing the Taiwan Strait in a “very provocative” move, Reuters reported.

Beijing has repeatedly warned against Pelosi (D-Calif.) going to the island nation, which it claims as its own, while the US has said that it would not be intimidated by Chinese “saber-rattling”.

On Tuesday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi predicted that US politicians who “play with fire” on the Taiwan issue will “come to no good end,” according to a ministry statement which did not mention Pelosi by name.

Chinese aircraft spent Tuesday morning repeatedly conducting tactical moves in which they briefly “touched” the so-called “median line” dividing Beijing and Taipei’s airspace and maritime territory before circling back to the other side of the strait, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. The person added that Taiwanese aircraft were on standby nearby while the exercises were performed.

The Chinese planes left the area Tuesday afternoon but Beijing’s ships remained, the person said. Neither side’s aircraft normally cross the median line.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement it has a full grasp of military activities near the island and will appropriately dispatch forces in reaction to “enemy threats”.

In the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, which lies opposite Taiwan and is home to a large military presence, residents reported sightings of armored vehicles on the move on Tuesday and posted pictures online.

The US has four warships in the area which are “able to respond to any eventuality”…

Meanwhile the US Navy has positioned four warships, including an aircraft carrier, in waters east of Taiwan on “routine” deployments.

The carrier USS Ronald Reagan had crossed the South China Sea and was currently located in the Philippine Sea, east of Taiwan and south of Japan, Navy officials confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday.

The Japan-based Reagan is operating alongisde a guided missile cruiser, USS Antietam, and a destroyer, USS Higgins.

“While they are able to respond to any eventuality, these are normal, routine deployments,” insisted the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli was also in the area as part of a deployment to the region that started in early May.

Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of us so I expect Pelosi could be landing right now, as there are only a couple hours left for their ‘Tuesday night’, which is when she is expected.

Tomorrow morning, Taiwan Time, is when Pelosi is expected to meet with the Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.



It has also been reported that malicious DDOS attacks have been received by Taiwan’s government, taking down their websites:

 
UPDATE: Looks like Pelosi will be landing soon…

 
UPDATE: Pelosi has landed in Taiwan:

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