A CHILLING message warning “warmonger” Nancy Pelosi to “get out” of Taiwan appeared on store screens in the country during her controversial visit.
The hack came as tensions with China hit boiling point as Beijing threatens to take action as it accuses the US of provoking them over the breakaway island.
The Communist Party has long claimed Taiwan belongs to China – and Pelosi’s visit sparked fury in China amid fears war could explode.
US Speaker Pelosi defied repeated threats from Beijing that it will “fight to the death” as it deployed warships, tanks and fighter planes and made the visit to Taiwan this week.
Despite receiving a warm welcome from Taiwan officials, the 82-year-old was hit by a chilling warning.
Monitor display systems in 7/11 stores across country were hacked – with “Warmonger Pelosi, get out of Taiwan” appearing on screens in convenience stores.
The haunting move came after Taiwan’s defence ministry revealed China’s military exercises had invaded its territory by blocking its sea and air space.
Beijing had vowed to surround the island as part of “targeted military operations” in response Pelosi’s visit – the highest level US figure to travel to the island for 25 years.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said China’s military drills in its sea and airspace were “endangering international shipping lanes, challenging the international order, undermining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, and endangering the area”.
China to scramble two Chinese jets to Taiwan’s airspace just minutes before her arrival, local publication SETN reported.
The Communists raged Pelosi’s visit was a “serious violation” of their sovereignty and vowed to take “all necessary measures”.
A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said: “These moves, like playing with fire, are extremely dangerous. Those who play with fire will perish by it.”
Beijing claims the island belongs to them, but the people of Taiwan say they are a separate nation.
On Tuesday, China announced a series of life-fire exercises surrounding Taiwan between Thursday and Sunday.
Commercial ships and flights have been warned to avoid these areas during these times.
In response, the US Navy deployed four warships east of Taiwan, while Chinese vessels and planes moved close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait.
Pelosi today departed Taiwan after meeting with the president and other officials.
Pelosi and five other members of Congress were headed to South Korea, the next stop on an Asia tour that also includes Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
In Taiwan, she said her delegation was showing their commitment to the self-governing island that China claims and says must come under its control.