Chinese government propagandist Hu Xijin said on Saturday he deleted a tweet warning of military retaliation if US military planes escorted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her visit to Taiwan.
However, he only dismissed the tweet after Twitter blocked his account.
Pelosi, third in the line of presidential succession, after President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, began a trip to Asia on Saturday morning, with official stops planned in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. .
It is widely assumed that it will also stop at Taiwan, which communist China maintains as a breakaway province, not an independent country, and has no right to conduct foreign relations. The two separated in 1949 after a civil war that saw the Community Party take control of mainland China.
Pelosi declined to confirm reports that she will be visiting the self-governing island. If the visit takes place, she would be the highest elected official to visit Taiwan since 1997.
While deleting the tweet about Pelosi’s slaughter, Hu Xijin continued to tweet comments about the trip.
“If Pelosi really visits Taiwan as planned, the Tsai Ing-wen [Taiwanese] the authorities are complicit,” he posted on saturday.
“The mainland will definitely carry out harsh punitive actions in Taiwan at the same time. The unbearable consequences will fall on the authorities of Tsai.
China’s military, meanwhile, conducted live-fire drills off its coast opposite Taiwan on Saturday as the speaker flew east.
The People’s Liberation Army conducted drills near the Pingtan Islands off Fujian province, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
The one-sentence announcement did not say whether the drills would include missiles, fighter jets or other weapons.
In a phone call on Thursday, President Xi Jinping warned President Joe Biden against “outside interference” in Beijing’s relationship with the island.