According to Taiwan News, Guermantes Lailari, former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force (USAF), said it would be foolish for the Chinese regime to start a war over U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on August 3.

Lailari said, “President Xi would make a foolish mistake to start a war now, especially when the U.S. and allies are at a heightened state of alert.”

Lailari believes that Xi’s response may only include acts of intimidation.

The retired Lieutenant Colonel said, “He [Xi Jinping] might launch some missiles, launch a large number of military aircraft, and some other symbolic actions, but not a war.”

Lailari also pointed out that the U.S. was well prepared for any out-of-control actions from China during and after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

He said, “A total of 57 U.S. Navy ships have been deployed to the 7th Fleet, and that is accompanied by the 38 RIMPAC surface ships and four submarines from other nations along with 25,000 allied military personnel nearby.”

Lailari added, “Included in the 57 U.S. ships are five U.S. Navy flattops, which are able to launch military aircraft, and their associated escorts, such as the USS Ronald Reagan.”

On Tuesday, a U.S. military official told Reuters that the USS Ronald Reagan carrier and three U.S. warships are currently in the Philippines Sea, east of Taiwan. USNI News fleet and marine tracker also showed the presence of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in the Philippine Sea before Pelosi visited Taiwan.

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