Pelosi Steals The Thunder From PLA As China Says 'Will Bury All Enemies'

Pelosi Steals The Thunder From PLA As China Says 'Will Bury All Enemies'


  • Three decades ago, Pelosi had unfurled a banner in Tiananmen Square, remembering murdered activists
  • Pelosi's meeting with ethnic Tibetans and their revered leader Dalai Lama had invited China's wrath 
  • A Weibo post by the PLA saying they would "bury all enemies" went viral after news of Pelosi's visit broke

The world's largest military force, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), celebrated its 95th anniversary Monday, marked by a show of military might and gusto. However, the muscle flexing and rhetoric by the 2-million-strong PLA, which Beijing had hoped to be a big public relations event, was effectively upstaged by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

The crafty U.S. politician announced Tuesday her intent to visit Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province, despite dire warnings from Beijing.  

Amid China swearing to "defend the motherland to the death" and repeated warnings that "we stand ready to fight," Pelosi, always known for her penchant for drama, and with a long history of getting under the skin of Beijing, has once again one-upped the communist party bosses. 

"The possibility of Pelosi visiting Taiwan shows the stand-off between Beijing and Washington has escalated, which demands that the PLA push forward with military reforms to become a real modern fighting force," Song Zhongping, a former PLA instructor, was quoted by South China Morning Post. 

But, this isn't the first time Pelosi has stolen the thunder from the PLA and Communist Party. The Democrat has a long history of pushing back against China, from when she unfurled a banner in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square dedicated to the pro-democracy student activists massacred there 31 years ago. She had then evaded the eyes of her official escorts and along with two other Congressmen went to the city square without the permission of her Chinese hosts. China's Foreign Ministry later denounced the incident as a "premeditated farce."