Pelosi reveals trip to Asia but doesn’t mention Taiwan


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) confirmed on Sunday that she was visiting Asia, but didn’t mention Taiwan.

The chairman said he will visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan with parliamentary delegations. statement “Peace and Security, Economic Growth and Trade, COVID-19 Pandemic, Climate Crisis, Human Rights, Democratic Governance.”

Her comments do not address a potential stop in Taiwan amid threats by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the apparent mobilization of regime forces in the South China Sea. The Chinese Communist Party has long maintained its autonomy since 1949, claiming that Taiwan, which has never been ruled by a regime, is part of China’s territory.

“Today, our congressional delegation travels to the Indo-Pacific to reaffirm America’s strong and unwavering commitment to our allies and friends in the region,” Pelosi said.

Earlier this month, amid reports that Pelosi would visit the island nation, President Joe Biden briefly told reporters that the U.S. military “doesn’t think it’s a good idea at this point.”

A Chinese propagandist for the state-run Global Times newspaper on Saturday deleted a Twitter post alleging that Beijing could shoot down Pelosi’s plane if it was escorted to Taiwan by the military. did.

“If U.S. fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane to Taiwan, it [an] Hu Shijing, a columnist for the Global Times, which is affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party, wrote on the platform. ” [People’s Liberation Army] It has the right to force Pelosi’s planes and U.S. fighters away, which includes warning shots and tactical movements of jamming. “

“If it doesn’t work, shoot it down,” he added.

Meanwhile, a comment by a PLA unit on Weibo, a heavily censored Twitter-like social media site used by people in mainland China, wrote, “Preparing for war!” Friday’s comment received millions of likes.

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Pelosi’s plane landed in Hawaii on Sunday and visited Pearl Harbor, the site of the high-profile Japanese attack that sparked U.S. involvement in World War II, according to a statement. She said she was briefed by Indo-Pacific Command.

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A Ching Chiang-class patrol ship launches depth charges underwater as part of a Navy demonstration during the annual Han Guang Exercise off the east coast of the island near Yilan City, Taiwan, July 26, 2022. (Huizhong Wu, File/AP Photo)

Rep. Gregory Meeks (DN.Y.), Rep. Mark Takano (D-California), Rep. Susan Derbene (D-Washington), Rep. Raja Krishnamooti (D-Illinois), and Rep. Andy Kim (DN) .J.) joins Pelosi. Traveling, according to her office.

Pelosi’s visit, while not unprecedented, would be a dramatic show of US support for Taiwan. Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was the last Speaker of the House to visit Taiwan in 1997.

In a lengthy phone call to Mr. Biden on Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Washington to stay away from Taiwan, adding that “those who play with fire will perish with it.”

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Friday after Xi and Biden’s phone call that Taiwan will continue to deepen its close security partnership with the United States.

Last week, the U.S. Navy confirmed that the USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group are now in the South China Sea.

“USS Ronald Reagan and her strike group are now underway and can be confirmed to be operating in the South China Sea after a successful port call in Singapore,” Navy spokesman Lieutenant Mark Langford said Thursday. told the media. “As a matter of policy, we will not discuss future ship movements. However, Reagan said it continues its normal scheduled operations as part of its regular patrols in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. I will add.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based breaking news reporter for the Epoch Times.

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