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Military historian spoke about the catastrophic consequences of the confrontation between China and the United States

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The consequences of a clash between China and the United States due to the visit of the speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to the unrecognized island state of Taiwan by China could be catastrophic. Such an opinion on Tuesday, August 2, in an interview with Izvestia, was expressed by military historian Nikita Buranov.

“I don’t think that China will get into a confrontation with the United States, which in one way or another defends Taiwan – after all, this means a very large conflict in the Asia-Pacific region. Whether China, whose army has practically no combat experience, is capable of it, I cannot say, but the Americans are capable <...> The two largest military powers (in terms of army size) are now in confrontation. Many have fears that there may be a military confrontation, although it will lead to catastrophic consequences, ”the specialist emphasized.

However, although at the moment the Chinese fleet continues to be seriously inferior to the American one, the United States is not in its own theater of operations, they will have to overtake their ships, which is an advantage for the PRC. In addition, Washington’s largest partner, China, has repeatedly shown the rigidity of its position, Buranov added.

In addition, the military expressed the opinion that now in the world there is an incendiary conflict.

“Why did movements begin that lead to destabilization of the situation? If we compare all this, look at the entire globe, everything happens at a single moment, but it’s far from beneficial for us, ”Buranov concluded.

Earlier on Tuesday, Professor Emeritus of Taiwan’s Institute of East Asian Studies, National Zhengzhi University, Arthur Ding, commented to Izvestia that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan would not lead to war or military conflict, but would almost certainly increase China’s military presence near Taiwan.

At the same time, it became known that a US special flight with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Congress took off from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The plane is now heading southeast. According to Taiwan’s Lianhebao newspaper, another aircraft of the same type, the C-40C, arrived in Kuala Lumpur that day from Japan.

Prior to this, Taipei Taoyuan Airport received a message threatening three explosive devices planted to disrupt the visit of the US representative to Taiwan, although she was supposed to fly to another airport. Pelosi is expected to arrive at Songshan Airport in Taipei around 22:30 local time (17:30 Moscow time). And on Wednesday, August 3, she is due to visit the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan’s parliament) and meet with the island’s leadership, including Tsai Ing-wen. After that, around noon, she will leave the island, completing her brief visit.

At the same time, China’s envoy to the UN Zhang Jun warned Washington about the consequences of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. He noted that this would undermine relations between China and the United States. The island, he said, is an integral part of China, the issue of Taiwan is a “red line” that the Chinese side will not allow anyone to cross.

According to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Moscow is absolutely in solidarity with China regarding its position on Taiwan, therefore, it believes that Pelosi’s visit to the unrecognized island state of China only provokes an increase in tension in the region. Peskov also noted that China has a very sensitive attitude towards the problem of relations with the island neighbor, and this is completely justified.

Official relations between the Chinese government and its island province broke down in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in a civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. The US openly supports the Taiwan authorities.

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