Chinese state media on Friday cheerfully mocked US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for contracting the Wuhan coronavirus, snidely telling Pelosi to scrap all plans to visit Taiwan lest she visit the island infect.
The state-run Global Times approvingly citing a hashtag on Weibo, China’s heavily censored version of the banned Twitter, which sarcastically advised Pelosi to speak to a doctor about her infection rather than speaking to Taiwanese “secessionists”:
The development received a lot of attention on social media, with netizens urging Pelosi to abandon all dangerous plans. “Get well soon, but forget about visiting Taiwan. They won’t want to see the consequences,” said one Weibo user.
“You don’t just have to overcome yourself [Chinese coronavirus], but should also seek treatment for the disorder of messing up the world. Many US politicians should see a doctor for this,” another user said on Sina Weibo.
“Since the US has lifted most of the epidemic restrictions, I bet Omicron is nothing to worry about. The biggest problem is the hegemonic mentality embedded in her and in the minds of many others,” said another.
“Pelosi has postponed a trip to Asia scheduled for later this week, including a reported visit to the island of Taiwan, citing the positive test. The Taiwan visit was reported by some Taiwanese media and Japan’s Fuji News Network, but not confirmed by US or DPP authorities on the island,” he said Global Times written down.
The Chinese government tried to stop Pelosi from considering a visit to Taiwan on Thursday threatening “strong measures” and the warning “any possible consequences that may arise from this will be borne entirely by the US side.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, who delivered Thursday’s brutal warning, taunted on Friday that Pelosi should not just “postpone” but “immediately cancel” her visit to Taiwan due to the coronavirus diagnosis.
That Global Times suggested that Pelosi may have fabricated her positive Chinese coronavirus test result to give herself an excuse for withdrawing from visiting Taiwan.
“Observers speculated that Pelosi’s visit to the island of Taiwan was an intelligence tactic to be tested [China’s] bottom line. The positive test result and the postponement of the Asia trip represent a step backwards after China issued stern warnings about the provocation,” the Chinese Communist newspaper wrote, followed by citations of worse warnings from Chinese officials to make it appear that Pelosi had conveniently fallen ill because she feared their wrath.
That Global Times concluded by claiming that “some Taiwan-based netizens” are happy that Pelosi’s coronavirus infection “saved” Taiwan from being used as a pawn in America’s provocative political games.
Other Global Times piece went over the same talking points, again insinuating that Pelosi was faking her diagnosis in order to take herself a “decent step back” from a visit to Taiwan, and suggesting that she may have been ordered by the White House to back down :
Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Joe Biden on March 18 during a video call he had requested that mishandling of the Taiwan issue will have a disruptive effect on bilateral ties. “China hopes the US will pay due attention to this issue,” the Xinhua News Agency reported.
As Biden has reiterated, the US does not seek to wage a new Cold War with China, change China’s system, or revive anti-China alliances, and that the US does not support “Taiwan independence” or intend to seek conflict with China.” I take these remarks very seriously,” Xi said.
Chinese experts said if Pelosi visits the island, the consequences would be far more serious than Newt Gingrich’s visit to Taiwan in 1997. Although Gingrich was the acting speaker of the House of Representatives, he was a Republican while the then Bill Clinton administration was Democratic. But this time, both Pelosi and Biden are Democrats, and Pelosi will not be able to make the trip if Biden opposes it, and that would mean the Biden administration is cheating China as Biden has not kept his promises.
That Global Times said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be ready to take military action if Pelosi visits Taiwan, in addition to Chinese sanctions against “US officials visiting the island.”
“The PLA could even establish a no-fly zone over the island to demonstrate China’s sovereignty over the island. The PLA Air Force and Navy are capable of conducting such missions, and if the Taiwanese armed forces dare to interrupt them, they too will pay a heavy price,” enthused a Chinese academic.