Amid strained relations between Washington and Beijing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to tour Asia this week but has yet to confirm whether she plans to stop in Taiwan after China issued a stern warning against visiting the island.
On Sunday, Pelosi’s office announced that she would lead a congressional delegation to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
During her time in each country, Pelosi announced meetings are being held to “further advance our common interests and values, including peace and security, economic growth and trade, the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance.” ”
“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 in a statement.
The statement comes after Pelosi’s stay in Hawaii, where she visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Arizona.
However, the announcement did not specify whether Pelosi would visit Taiwan’s self-governing democracy, which Beijing claims as its own territory.
In a phone call with President Joe Biden on Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the US against interfering in Beijing’s business relations with Taiwan. While China’s Communist Party claims Taiwan as territory, the two sides are linked only through trade and investment.
Biden previously hinted that the US military thought a trip to Taiwan was “not a good idea at the moment.”
However, Biden insisted that a visit by Pelosi to the island would not constitute a change in US policy, which supports Taiwan and Beijing as one country.
Led by Pelosi, the congressional delegation is a group of Democrats that includes Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York, who serves as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Mark Takano of California, who chairs leads the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Also traveling are Illinois Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim and Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene.
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