A top U.S. naval commander on Friday, October 14, criticized the Chinese regime for its “irresponsible” military response after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August. 

According to the South China Morning Post, Vice-Admiral Karl Thomas, Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, based in Japan, said that such behavior is not suitable for a country that wants to be a global leader. 

He said, “That’s not the way that countries that want to be leaders within the world should behave.”

Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland, Thomas said that while the communist regime claims to seek a peaceful approach to the Taiwan issue, what it has been doing is the opposite. 

He added, “But when you see them fire ballistic missiles over Taiwan and have them land in the maritime commons and into shipping lines, and some of them actually landed in the Japanese economic exclusion zone, that’s why I attach that word irresponsible.”

Following Pelosi’s high-profile visit to Taiwan, the Chinese regime’s military has increased its aggressive activities against the island. It fired missiles into Taiwan’s waters and deployed warships and military aircraft around it, repeatedly violating the island’s air defense zone.

Thomas also warned China’s leadership about Russia facing military difficulties in its invasion of Ukraine, saying, “I would hope that Chairman Xi’s looking at that and maybe taking some lessons as well.”

On Monday, October 10, speaking at the Taiwan independence day celebration, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen said there is “no room for compromise” over the island’s sovereignty.  

But she noted that a war with Beijing is “not an option” for Taiwan and called on Beijing to respect the Taiwanese people.

According to Nikkei Asia, experts said that the Chinese communist regime does not have a clear roadmap for peaceful reunification with Taiwan.

Recently, many U.S. politicians have shown their vocal support for Taiwan after Pelosi’s visit, including U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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