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July 22 (UPI) — U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hinted that the Pentagon expressed concern her plane “would get shot down” by the Chinese if she makes a rumored visit to Taiwan this summer.
Pelosi refused to confirm the trip during a weekly press conference Thursday, saying “I don’t ever discuss my travel plans.”
“You never even hear me say if I’m going to London, because it is a security issue,” she said.
“I think what the President was saying is — maybe the military was afraid our plane would get shot down or something like that by the Chinese,” Pelosi responded.
“I don’t know exactly,” she added. “I’ve heard it anecdotally, but I haven’t heard it from the president.”
After warning against a Pelosi visit earlier this week, Beijing addressed the proposed trip again on Thursday, saying it would “have a severe negative impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations.”
“Should the U.S. side insist on making the visit, China will act strongly to resolutely respond to it and take countermeasures,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press briefing. “We mean what we say.”