Speaker of the US House of Representatives ‘expected to visit Taiwan’

House Speaker Pelosi is scheduled to visit Taiwan during her Asian tour, despite warnings from the Biden administration, according to unnamed sources.

Sheet CNN Citing US and Taiwanese government officials, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan and stay overnight on the island. The exact date of the visit is unknown.

The US official said that US defense officials are working non-stop to monitor every move of the Chinese military in the area, as well as develop a plan to ensure the safety of Ms. Pelosi if she visits the island. Taiwan.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives and the White House have not commented on this information.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks in Washington, D.C., on July 29.  Photo: AFP.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks in Washington, D.C., on July 29. Image: AFP.

Nancy Pelosi is visiting Asia, with the first stop being Singapore. The US House of Representatives Speaker’s office on July 31 announced that the delegation was expected to visit Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, but did not mention Taiwan.

During a meeting with Ms. Pelosi in Singapore today, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to pursue “stable relations” with Beijing. “Prime Minister Lee emphasized the importance of stable US-China relations with regional peace and security,” the statement of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs read.

The Global Times, a newspaper belonging to the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, previously published an article saying that the plane carrying Ms. Pelosi may “riskly land on Taiwan” under the pretext of technical problems. operations or refueling, and urged the Chinese network of radars and patrol planes to remain on high alert in the coming days.

“If the plane carrying Ms. Pelosi really had an emergency during the flight near China, our military could escort her plane to airports in Hainan province or the mainland, where it can be technical support and assurance for special aircraft”, the article has a paragraph.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the Chinese military would “not sit idly by” if Ms. Pelosi came to Taiwan and warned the US would suffer serious political consequences if the visit took place.

Taiwan has been a hot issue in US-China bilateral relations in recent years. China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary.

The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provide the island with modern weapons. China has warned that its relationship with the US “will be broken if it does not properly handle the Taiwan issue”.

Ms. Pelosi had planned to visit Taiwan in April, but the trip was postponed after she tested positive for nCoV. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the time criticized the trip as a “malicious provocation”. In a phone call on July 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Joe Biden that “those who play with fire will get burned”.

Sheet Financial Times On July 23, citing six sources with knowledge of the matter, Beijing had issued a secret warning to Washington, with much tougher language than previous public statements in which Chinese officials hinted ready for military action.

Sources said that China’s military measures could include preventing Ms. Pelosi from landing on the island of Taiwan or sending fighter jets to close and obstruct the military plane carrying her to the island. The US military seems to be increasing the movement of forces and equipment in the Indo-Pacific region to deal with scenarios that would happen if Ms. Pelosi arrived on the island of Taiwan.

Vu Anh (Theo CNN)

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