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Nancy Pelosi Heads To Asia, But No Word On Potential Taiwan Visit

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Sunday she is leading a Congressional delegation to several Asian countries, but didn’t say if she planned to stop in Taiwan.

Pelosi’s office said the speaker would visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan with several members of her caucus, including Reps. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), Mark Takano (Calif.), Suzan DelBene (Wash.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (Ailing.) and Andy Kim (N.J.).

“Today, our Congressional delegation travels to the Indo-Pacific to reaffirm America’s strong and unshakeable commitment to our allies and friends within the region,” Pelosi said. “Our delegation will hold high-level meetings to debate how we are able to 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.”

During our travels, we’ll proceed to convey Congress & America’s gratitude for our brave Servicemembers stationed abroad, whose service makes the region & world more stable & protected. Read my statement on our Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific.https://t.co/XigagZXoqb

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 31, 2022

The trip has sparked tension within the White House amid increased diplomatic tension with China. Taiwan is a self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory, and the U.S. has been concerned Xi Jinping could try to move against the island in the approaching years.

If Pelosi does visit Taiwan, she can be the highest-ranking official to go there since 1997. It’s unclear how China would react to the visit, although senior Chinese officials have issued warnings the country could take “firm and resolute measures” if it went ahead.

Despite those concerns, Pelosi said recently it was “essential for us to indicate support for Taiwan.” But Biden recently said the military didn’t think it was a “good idea straight away” for her to go to. The president has said any visit was no reason for the U.S. and China to “come to blows,” and that a visit by Pelosi wouldn’t signal any change within the White House’s policy towards Beijing.

Biden doesn’t have any authority over the speaker’s travel schedule.

Pelosi has also said she hasn’t been advocating for any change in stance towards Taiwan.

“None of us has ever said we’re for independence, relating to Taiwan,” she said, per the AP. “That’s as much as Taiwan to make your mind up.”

Still, The Associated Press reported last week the Pentagon had made plans to extend its movement of forces and assets within the region should Pelosi find yourself visiting Taiwan.

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