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China releases video flexing the capabilities of its navy, army, and air force amid threats of military action over Nancy Pelosi's potential Taiwan trip

Insider Asia logo Insider Asia 2/8/2022 (Matthew Loh)
Chinese troops training in Fujian, the mainland Chinese province closest to Taiwan. Yang Enuo/Future Publishing via Getty Images © Yang Enuo/Future Publishing via Getty Images Chinese troops training in Fujian, the mainland Chinese province closest to Taiwan. Yang Enuo/Future Publishing via Getty Images
  • China's People's Liberation Army posted a video showcasing its military equipment on Monday.
  • The video features artillery strikes and missile launches against an unspecified target.
  • It comes amid China's warnings of a possible military response if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan.

China has released an edited montage of its navy, air force, and army being activated for battle, amid renewed US-China tensions over a possible visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

The video, posted Monday on the WeChat platform by the Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army, showcases Chinese ground forces, fighter jets, rocket artillery, submarines, and battleships in action against an unspecified enemy.

The Eastern Theater Command oversees China's combat drills, military presence, and operations in and near the Taiwan Strait — the 111-mile stretch of ocean separating mainland China from Taiwan.

The clips start with an idiom displayed on a screen, which is roughly translated to: "Ready in formation, listening for battle orders." Chinese soldiers can also be heard chanting vows to "serve the Chinese Communist Party," "keep secrets confidential," and "not be afraid of sacrifice."

The video progresses from footage of Chinese soldiers retrieving rifles to clips of fighter jet pilots discussing attack strategies, mobile artillery strikes, and missile launches. The two-and-a-half-minute clip ends with a slogan that reads: "Bury all incoming enemies and advance toward united victory."

The post coincides with the 95th anniversary of China's People's Liberation Army but also comes as Beijing warned Washington that it may respond with military force if Pelosi follows through with a rumored visit to Taiwan.

"The Chinese side has expressed its serious concerns and solemn position to the US side many times recently that it firmly opposes House Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, stressing that her visit to Taiwan will lead to serious consequences," China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday. "Playing with fire will set yourself on fire."

As of 1 pm local time on Tuesday, Pelosi's visit had not been confirmed by US officials.

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