China issues navigational warning ahead of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

Beijing, The Indonesia Post – China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) issued a navigational warning ahead of a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan due to arrive on Tuesday evening.

Quoted from the official MSA website, a navigational warning is in effect at Weifang Port, Bohai Sea because target shooting exercises will be carried out on Wednesday (3/8) from 15.00 to 24.00 local time.

Navigational warnings were also applied in several areas in the South China Sea from Tuesday to Saturday (6/8) for the same.

The Fujian Provincial Military Command, which is neighboring Taiwan Island, also posted photos and videos of five target shooting drills conducted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) naval and air fleet.

Several airports in Fujian Province such as Xiamen, Fuzhou and Quanzhou postponed a number of scheduled flights on Tuesday afternoon, local media reported, citing the control tower (ATC).

A total of two Chinese aircraft carriers, namely the Liaoning, have left their base in Qingdao since Sunday (31/7). Meanwhile, the aircraft carrier Shandong departed from Shanya on Monday (1/8). Both of them headed for the Taiwan Strait.

Meanwhile, several foreign media, including those in Taiwan and China, reported that Pelosi would arrive in Taipei on Tuesday evening.

Pelosi is rumored to be staying overnight at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, a legendary hotel located in the Xinyi District.

During her short visit to Taiwan, the US politician will visit the Legislative Yuan and meet President Tsai Ing Wen on Wednesday (3/8) morning.

In addition, the stock trading index in Taiwan fell more than 200 percent on Tuesday triggered by increased cross-Taiwan concerns over Pelosi’s brief visit.

Beijing will not tolerate Pelosi’s visit as a serious violation of the one China principle.

“The PLA will not remain silent and will take countermeasures to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in Beijing, Monday (1/8).  (ojn/bbs)


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