By Jesse Martin
Threats are issued during a two-hour phone call between Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping as Nancy Pelosi prepares to visit Taiwan
The Chinese Communist Party has long claimed Taiwan to be an illegitimate state and the rightful property of mainland China. Because of this, whenever the United States or another nation makes moves towards increasing ties with the island nation of approximately 23 million, The Chinese Communists get aggressive.
This is no exception, as Speaker Pelosi prepares for a potential trip to Taiwan to reaffirm American commitment to the independence of the island, something many on both sides of the aisle have advocated for in recent months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The situation between Taiwan and China is somewhat similar to that of Russia and Ukraine, where in each case, the larger nation feels entitled to possession of the smaller one, considers the government of the smaller nation illegitimate, and has in the past spewed hostility towards any bold enough to ally with them.
China has long stated that they intend to one day seize Taiwan, by military action if necessary.