China says its military will "not sit idly by" if US House Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan



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Speculation around a possible trip to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has triggered another warning from Beijing. China has said its military will "not sit idly by" if Ms Pelosi visits the island. Taiwan is not officially mentioned on her itinerary of her Asia trip. Should Ms Pelosi go ahead with her visit, she would be the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan since 1997. Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping had warned his US counterpart Joe Biden not to "play with fire" over the Taiwan issue.

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