US politics: Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit sparks WWIII fears, experts warn

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi could become Franz Ferdinand’s figure in a possible Third World War if she is injured by the Chinese military during her trip to Taiwan, experts warn.

The Democrat, 82, landed in Taiwan, becoming the first president in 25 years to visit the disputed territory, The American Sun reports

Beijing considers Taiwan a “rogue” state and President Xi has pledged to retake the island by force if necessary.

For decades, Washington has pursued a strategy of “strategic ambiguity” – where it persuaded pro-separatist Taiwanese forces not to declare independence while dissuading Beijing from seizing the island by force. .

Geopolitical expert Brandon Weichert has warned that the president could become a modern-day Franz Ferdinand if she were injured during her visit.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in June 1914, prompting Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia, triggering World War I.

Mr Weichert said The sun“His injury or death would trigger a massive international incident the likes of which have not been seen since 1914.

“Xi Jinping and Nancy Pelosi hold the fate of the world in their hands. And no one knows what will happen next…much like 1914.

“Never since the World Wars has the personality of world leaders mattered so much in the historic decisions about to be made.”

Mr Weichert speculated that if Beijing decided to launch an attack on Taiwan, then they would target America’s vulnerable satellites in the region.

He said: “The days when Beijing could only cower and bow down to the presence of US warships in the Taiwan Strait are over.

“China has mobilized a significant force – and deployed its own aircraft carriers – to counter the American presence in the region.”

The Chinese ship Yuan Wang 5 is due to dock in Sri Lanka this month and Mr Weichert fears the ship could be used for military purposes.

The ship is used for space and satellite tracking and can monitor rockets and missiles being launched.

Weichert believes China is “actively tracking” US systems and identifying targets on them.

China has long feared launching a D-Day-style amphibious assault on Taiwan – something some analysts have dubbed Z-Day.

Destroyers and frigates were seen off the island and warplanes buzzed near the demarcation line in the Taiwan Strait.

And chilling footage shared on Chinese social network Weibo appears to show a column of amphibious tanks massing on Fujian beaches along the Taiwan Strait.

War games

It is also reported that China is preparing to send its aircraft carriers to match US deployments in the region, with USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group currently operating near Taiwan.

Beijing views any engagement between Washington and Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, as US endorsement of the island’s independence.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying threatened, “The US side will bear the responsibility and pay the price for undermining China’s sovereign security interests.

Brigadier General Robert Spalding III (retired). warned that the United States had privately agreed to China taking Taiwan.

He said The sun“We have allowed too many weapons to be built in this area of ​​the (Taiwan) strait.

“Taiwan’s fate is inescapable and Washington officials accept it privately.”

‘Conclusion in advance’

He predicted that pro-Beijing forces could launch an invasion within five years.

Experts have warned that US air defenses and bases are vulnerable due to the naïveté of politicians in Washington DC

Sam Armstrong of the Henry Jackson Society warned that there was a degree of hubris on the part of Western politicians after the end of the Cold War.

He warned that Beijing was developing weapons at such speed designed to take out enemy ships.

Mr. Weichert said: “The fact that it has been 25 years since a US Speaker of the House has visited Taiwan shows how Washington has ignored the Indo-Pacific region.

“Since 9/11, the United States has been so distracted that China has assumed it is the real dominant power in the region.”

Claims that China has overtaken the United States as the world’s number one superpower are disputed, but Brigadier General Spalding believes Washington stands to lose an ideological battle, which is being dubbed Cold War 2.0.

Beijing aspires to become the world’s dominant superpower by 2049, but Brigadier General Spalding believes that goal has already been achieved.

This article originally appeared on the US Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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