Pelosi is planning to go to Taiwan, according to US and Taiwanese sources.

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According to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan as part of her tour of Asia. This is in spite of concerns from Biden administration officials who are concerned about China’s reaction to such a high-profile visit.

The tour, which is the first for a US House speaker in 25 years, is not on Pelosi’s current public agenda and occurs at a time when ties between the US and China are already at an all-time low.

She is anticipated to spend the night in Taiwan, the Taiwanese official noted. When exactly Pelosi will arrive in Taipei is unknown.

The US official also stated that personnel from the Defense Department are continuously observing any Chinese moves in the area and formulating a strategy to protect her.

For the first official stop of the Asia tour, Pelosi arrived in Singapore on Monday. There, she met with the president, prime minister, and other top leaders of the nation.

Pelosi and a congressional delegation landed in Malaysia on Tuesday, according to the nation’s official news outlet Bernama, and meetings with the prime minister and speaker of the parliament were planned.

Although South Korea and Japan are on the delegation’s itinerary, a trip in Taiwan has not been mentioned in any official capacity.

China warned against the “egregious political impact” of Pelosi’s planned visit to the autonomous island that it claims as part of its territory during a routine foreign ministry briefing on Monday. It also reaffirmed that its military “won’t sit by idly” if Beijing feels that its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” are being threatened.

When asked about the fallout from Pelosi leading a congressional delegation to Taipei, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, “We would like to remind the US that China is standing by, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by. China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Zhao continued, “As for the measures, let’s wait and see if she dares to go.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command declared in a video aired online on Monday that it will “bury incoming foes,” despite the Chinese military’s omission of Taiwan. A statement on Weibo stated, “Firmly stand by and ready for the fighting command; Bury all incoming foes.”

The administration’s statement that Pelosi must decide whether to visit was reaffirmed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who also added, “We do not know what Speaker Pelosi intends to do.”

Blinken stated at the UN on Monday afternoon that “Congress is an independent, coequal body of government.” “The Speaker alone has the last say.”
Blinken said that previous speakers and Congressmen have visited Taiwan and claimed that such a visit has precedent.

Therefore, Blinken explained, “If the Speaker does decide to travel and China attempts to instigate a crisis or otherwise raise relations, that would be totally on Beijing. In the event that she decides to visit, “We are looking for them to act appropriately and not engage in any more escalation,”

John Kirby, the head for strategic communications at the National Security Council, announced earlier on Monday that Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan will be supported by the Biden administration.

There is no justification for the Chinese rhetoric, and no justification for any actions to be taken, Kirby said on CNN’s “New Day” with Brianna Keilar. “We want to make sure that when she travels overseas, she can do so safely and securely, and we’re going to make sure of that. It is not uncommon for congressional leaders to travel to Taiwan.”

This is an important trip for the speaker to be on, and we’re going to do everything we can to support her, so as a nation, we shouldn’t be intimidated by that rhetoric or those potential acts, Kirby concluded.

Kirby responded that “there is no change to our strategy. There is no change to our commitment on trying to retain a free, safe, and open Indo-Pacific” when asked if the US was ready for fallout with China over the visit.

One of the most difficult issues is still Taiwan. As tensions between Washington and Beijing increased, President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had a lengthy conversation over the phone on Thursday for two hours and 17 minutes.

The Chinese Ambassador to the US, Qin Gang, stated at the Aspen Security Forum in July that the Taiwan matter was the most delicate and significant fundamental issue in China-US ties.

Despite openly stating that the US military did not think Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan was a smart idea, according to two sources, Biden has refrained from urging her to cancel.

Including in briefings from the Pentagon and other administration officials, administration officials have been working over the past few weeks to inform the House speaker of the dangers of traveling to the democratic, self-governing island of 24 million people. However, Biden did not think it was his place to advise her not to travel, and since making his original comments on July 21, he has refrained from making any other public remarks regarding her trip.

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However, Lloyd Austin, the secretary of defense, reportedly said that he and Pelosi had considered a trip to Asia.
Because Pelosi is the next in line to become president, the administration takes special precautions to ensure her security when she travels abroad.

Given that Xi is anticipated to run for an unprecedented third term at the forthcoming Chinese Communist Party congress, administration officials are worried that Pelosi’s trip would take place at a particularly difficult time. In the upcoming weeks, Chinese party officials are anticipated to start preparing the framework for that gathering, placing pressure on the Beijing leadership to demonstrate strength.

The Chinese leadership, according to officials, may not fully understand the political climate in the United States, which could cause confusion about the significance of Pelosi’s probable visit. Given that Pelosi and Biden are both Democrats, the authorities believe China might be mistaking Pelosi’s visit for one by a representative of the administration. Administration officials are worried that China doesn’t, if at all, distinguish Pelosi and Biden.

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The projected trip, which was scheduled for April before Pelosi tested positive for Covid-19, has drawn criticism from the Chinese embassy in the US. Members of Congress are being urged to advise the speaker not to go.

The co-chair of Congress’ US-China working committee, Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington, told CNN that the Chinese embassy has been “pressuring hard” to dissuade travel to Taiwan. I replied, “I just don’t think it’s their place to tell us what we need to be doing.

The Chinese Embassy in the US’s spokeswoman, Liu Pengyu, answered that Larsen and other members of Congress are in “frequent touch” with his office.

We have stated our position unequivocally on the Taiwan issue, Pengyu added. The Embassy is doing all in its power to stop the prospective trip to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from destabilizing the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the stability of China-US ties.

We hope that major repercussions can be avoided, he continued. “Both China and the US have a common interest in this.”
Pelosi had every right, according to many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, to visit Taiwan.

Rep. Darin LaHood of Illinois, the other Republican on the US-China working group, said that Speaker Pelosi alone has the authority to decide whether or not to visit Taiwan. We have separate but equal branches of government in our democratic system.

Foreign governments, especially the Chinese government, should not try to sway the speaker of the House, Congresspeople, or other US government officials’ ability or right to travel to Taiwan or anyplace else in the globe, he continued.

Some of the group seemed to be more circumspect about the diplomatically delicate trip.
The first Chinese American woman elected to Congress, Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California, declared that she had “always backed Taiwan.”

Chu responded, “You could look at it two ways. One is that the relationships are very strained right now. On the other hand, you could say maybe that’s when Taiwan also needs to be given the strength and the support.” Chu was questioned if a trip to Taiwan at this time would send the incorrect message.

She responded, “I leave it up to people who are going to make that decision,” when asked what she thought.
On Monday, more information was added to this story.

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