In an interview with DW Chief International Editor Richard Walker, Zhang Junhui, envoy of the People’s Republic of China in Berlin, defends Beijing’s military response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
As Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, departed Taipei Wednesday after meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and making a “bedrock promise” that the United States will “always stand with Taiwan,” the island is preparing for China to respond with a massive show of military force. Shi Yi, spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said in a statement that the military operations are “deterrence against the major escalation” by the US on the “Taiwan question.”
The last time China carried out a show of force of this magnitude near Taiwan was during the 1995-96 “Third Taiwan Strait Crisis,” which was a response to a US visit by Taiwan’s first democratically elected president, Lee Teng-hui.
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