|Warning by Beijing over rumors of Pelosi's visit|
The warning, which was released via video message on Monday (1/8), comes as China marks the anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The video, which features footage from various military exercises and units, urges soldiers to "get in battle formation, be ready to fight on command, and bury all invading enemies."
China's Eastern Command troops issued a stern warning to anyone who dared to attack the country, amid tensions over a possible visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. The threat was further amplified by Yi Cao, a Chinese diplomat who is considered a 'wolf soldier' by posting a message from the Command on Twitter. The diplomat also repeated warnings made last week by Beijing over rumors of Pelosi's visit. “The secretary of state warned the US again not to send Pelosi to Taiwan: Playing with fire will definitely burn yourself!” the diplomat tweeted, as quoted from Xinhua.
The rhetoric also comes amid rumors of Pelosi's upcoming visit to Taiwan, which has yet to be officially confirmed. According to recent reports by local media outlets, the chairman of the US House of Representatives may arrive on the island on Tuesday, with news circulating that hotel reservations for him and his crew have been made.
While agreeing to Beijing's 'One China' policy on paper, Washington maintains strong unofficial ties with Taiwan, engaging in close military cooperation with the island nation. Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949, after China's nationalist government fled to the island following its defeat in a civil war. Meanwhile, Beijing considers the island an integral part of China's territory.