Pelosi Begins Her Asia Trip in Singapore Without Mentioning Taiwan!
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set to hold meetings in Singapore on Monday as part of a swing through Asia, as questions swirled around whether she would defy Chinese warnings with a stop in Taiwan.
Pelosi and other members of a US congressional delegation were set to meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other high-level officials, according to a spokesman for the Southeast Asian nation’s Foreign Ministry. She was also planning to attend a cocktail reception with the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
In a statement on Sunday announcing the trip, Pelosi did not include Taiwan on the list of stops. The trip will also include stops in Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia. Indonesia, which will host a meeting of the Group of 20 leaders in November, was also not on the public schedule. Bloomberg said last week that Pelosi would visit the country with the largest economy in Southeast Asia.
Still, there are a lot of talks that Pelosi will visit Taiwan this week, which could lead to a harsh response from China, which sees the self-governing island as part of its territory. China has said that if Pelosi comes to visit, there will be unspecified consequences. For example, a statement from the Defense Ministry suggested that President Xi Jinping’s government might use military force.
Just a few months remain until the Communist Party’s once-every-five-year leadership change, where Xi is likely to get a third term in office. China did military drills with real guns over the weekend off the coast of Fujian province, which is right next to Taiwan.
Pelosi could be the most important US official to visit Taiwan since 1997 when House Speaker Newt Gingrich went there. China would take it as a bigger insult if she went there because she is in the same party as President Joe Biden, even though he is worried about the trip.
Pelosi is with five other House Democrats, including Gregory Meeks of New York, who is the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Mark Takano of California is the chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Suzan DelBene of Washington is the vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois is a member of the Intelligence Committee, and Andy Kim of New Jersey is a member of the Armed Services Committee. Kim is also on the committee for foreign affairs.
No Republicans are listed as on the trip.
Pelosi said the group “will hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can further advance our shared interests and values, including peace and security, economic growth and trade, the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights, and democratic governance.”
The group refuelled in Hawaii, where they also saw the USS Arizona and the Pearl Harbor Memorial.