Is China a Paper Tiger? Pelosi’s Scheduled visit means Someone is Going to Lose Face
The Washington, DC political establishment has become so accustomed to lying to themselves and the American people that they are now blind to genuine danger because they insist that their lies are true. You know, the inability of define what is a women; the denial of a recession; and now, dismissing China’s threats of military retaliation if Nancy Pelosi shows up in Taiwan as empty rhetoric.
National Security Council spokesmodel, retired Admiral John Kirby, was all over the board today. First, he insisted that the United States does NOT support Taiwan’s independence. You see, according to the one China policy, Taiwan belongs to China. Got it? But Kirby does not stop there. He then insists that Nancy Pelosi has a legal right to visit Taiwan any damn time she wants. Kirby told CNN’s Brianna Keiler:
There is no reason for the Chinese rhetoric. There is no reason for any actions to be taken. It is not uncommon for congressional leaders to travel to Taiwan. It is very much in keeping with our policy and consistent with our support to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act. We shouldn’t be — as a country, we shouldn’t be intimidated by that rhetoric or those potential actions. This is an important trip for the speaker to be on and we’re going to do whatever we can to support her.
And to underscore that our commitment to a policy of peace is serious, the US navy is moving its aircraft carriers closer and closer to Taiwan. US Air Force arrives in Okinawa. And Pelosi is telling U.S. and Taiwanese sources that she is headed to Taiwan on Tuesday.
Nancy does not believe the threats that appeared in China’s state media about shooting her out of the sky if she sticks to her plan of flying to Taiwan. Senator Marsha Blackburn, a real foreign policy prodigy, made this keen observation:
That would be a direct act of war, and the US does not accept foreign policy demands from communist China or any other belligerent bully, says US Senator Marsha Blackburn.
The Chinese are warning with words and action about the consequences of an unauthorized Pelosi visit. China’s envoy to the UN said, “Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will undermine relations between Beijing and Washington, the United States must understand the consequences.”
It is no mere coincidence that China demonstrated its newest hypersonic missile on Sunday 31 July 2022: China
In a recent development, the Chinese government launched a ballistic missile that resembled a Dongfeng (DF) -17 hypersonic weapon on Sunday, July 31. According to reports, it was launched on the eve of the 95th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA). The DF-17 is a Chinese solid-fuelled road-mobile medium-range ballistic missile with the DF-ZF Hypersonic Glide Vehicle. The video released by the Chinese government showed a LIVE-fire launch of the missile from a transporter erector launcher. Meanwhile, the Chinese state media claimed that this hypersonic missile would be almost untraceable.
Here are the possibilities:
- Nancy reverses course a decides not to make the visit.
- Nancy touches down in Taiwan and China, despite a bunch of angry words, does nothing consequential.
- Nancy touches down in Taiwan and China responds with economic sanctions against the west.
- Nancy touches down in Taiwan and China attacks a U.S. military target in the region.
- The Chinese shoot Nancy out of the sky or force her to land on the mainland.
I find it hard to believe that the Chinese are engaged in mere verbal posturing. Chinese authorities have been quite clear about their feelings regarding Pelosi’s “visit”–the Chinese see it as an attack on China. PERIOD. If the Chinese do back down this will be a major foreign policy victory for Joe Biden. Are the Chinese willing to humiliate themselves to help Dementia Joe out of a bind?
We will know the answers to these question in the next 24 hours.
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Author: Larry Johnson