The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosistarted a tour of four asian countries on Sunday, his office reported, without mentioning Taiwan amid intense speculation that he might visit the self-governing island claimed by China.
“Representative Nancy Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, which includes visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea Y Japan‘, his office said in a statement. The visit would include those countries, but did not specify whether Pelosi, who is No. 3 in the presidential line of succession, might make other stops.
“The trip will focus on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region,” he explained. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was among the delegation on the list. China believes that visits by US officials to Taiwan send an encouraging signal to supporters of independence on the island.
Washington has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is required by law to provide the island with the means to defend itself. A visit by Pelosi would be a significant, if not unprecedented, gesture of US support for Taiwan. the republican Newt Gingrich he was the last speaker of the House to visit Taiwan in 1997, Reuters reported.
The chinese president, Xi Jinpingwarned his US counterpart Joe Biden on Thursday that Washington must abide by the one-China principle and that “those who play with fire will perish for it.” Biden told Xi that the US policy on Taiwan had not changed and that Washington firmly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.