House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will land in Taipei late Tuesday for a historic visit to Taiwan at a time of rising tensions between the United States and China, according to Taiwanese media reports.
Pelosi and his office have both declined to comment on his travel plans, citing security protocols, and a press release about the ongoing travel across Asia of his congressional delegation (CODEL) as claimed by Beijing. A stopover on Democratic Island is not mentioned. reached by newsweekTaiwan’s foreign ministry said it had no information to share and would not provide additional comment.
However, with arrangements apparently in place for his arrival in the Taiwanese capital, local news outlets are already reporting on Pelosi’s itinerary as a California Democrat to become the first serving speaker of the House of Representatives to set foot on the island. is ready. quarter-century, since Republican Newt Gingrich came to power in 1997 in the same capacity.
The speaker’s plane will land at Taipei’s Songshan Airport at 10:20 p.m. local time Liberty Times, The newspaper said Tuesday morning that its CODEL members would likely spend the night at the Taipei Marriott Hotel and the Grand Hyatt Taipei.
of Taiwan Apple Daily Reported plans to increase police presence around airports and hotels.
Pelosi, who arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday morning after a trip to Singapore, will attend at least two public events during her group stay in Taipei. On Wednesday morning, she will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen and also congratulate Yu Si-kun, her opposite number in the Taiwanese legislature, as part of a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers.
The offices of Taiwan’s president and legislative speaker have not publicly confirmed the itinerary, but a legislator said Apple Daily He was invited to meet Pelosi’s codel. The newspaper said Tsai plans to host Pelosi at a state banquet on Wednesday afternoon before the House speaker departs for the final leg of her trip to Seoul and Tokyo.
China, which opposes any talks between the US government and self-ruled Taiwan, has warned that Pelosi’s visit should not take place. The Chinese military, which last week celebrated its 95th anniversary on August 1, promised a response to the move, which Beijing argues is provocative.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reiterated the military’s message during a routine press conference in the Chinese capital on Monday: “We would like to once again make it clear to the American side that the Chinese side is fully prepared for any eventuality.” And that the People’s Liberation Army of China will never sit idly by.”
Amid reports that both the White House and the Defense Department advised Pelosi and his codel against the high-profile visit, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday that Beijing’s handling of its military pressure in the Taiwan Strait could be attributed to this. Likely to increase the likelihood of “increasing the risk of miscalculation.”
At the same time, Kirby also sought to downplay the importance of the visit, which he suggested the White House had no right to stop.
“The Congress is an independent branch of the government,” he said.
Kirby said, “There’s no drama to talk about. If she goes there is no precedent for the Speaker of the House to go to Taiwan—and I’m not confirming that.” “And it is certainly not without precedent for members of Congress to travel to Taiwan; it has been done this year, and I am sure it will be done in the future.”
At the top of the press briefing, Kirby argued that Beijing had no reason to use Pelosi’s visit “as an excuse to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait”.