The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives has embarked on an Asian tour to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Media reports that Nancy Pelosi’s trip could include Taiwan. Beijing reacted strongly, saying it could threaten peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
There has been no official announcement about Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. But local media in Taiwan are reporting that Pelosi will arrive in Taipei on Tuesday after visiting Malaysia, citing a diplomatic source.
And they say she would meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday. But the source says it is unclear whether Pelosi will land in Taiwan as planned due to strong opposition from China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “It will be gross interference in China’s internal affairs” and will “seriously damage China-US relations.”
Zhao added, “If House Speaker Pelosi insists on visiting Taiwan, China will take resolute and strong measures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Zhao also warned that “the People’s Liberation Army will never stand idly by.”
Pelosi traveled to Singapore on Monday. She met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob. During the meeting, Lee “stressed the importance of stable relations between the United States and China for regional peace and security.”