Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi confirmed on Sunday that she was on her way to Asia, without mentioning a possible stopover in Taiwan which could further sour relations between China and the United States.
I am leading a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region to reaffirm America's unwavering commitment to its allies and friends in the region, Ms. Pelosi announced in a press release.
In Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, we will hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can promote our common values and interests, including peace and security, economic growth and trade. , the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance, she added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore has confirmed that Ms. Pelosi and her accompanying delegation will visit the city-state from August 1-2.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives maintains the vagueness around a possible visit to Taiwan, citing security reasons.
For weeks, tensions between the United States and China have surged following reports that they may be visiting the self-governing island, which China considers part of its territory.
Beijing would see as a provocation even a brief visit by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the island.
On Sunday, Chinese Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke reiterated this stance, saying defending Chinese territory is the army's sacred mission.
The Air Force has firm resolve, full confidence and sufficient capabilities to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said. , quoted by People's Daily, a state-run newspaper.
On Thursday, in a rare direct exchange with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, US President Joe Biden assured that the US position on Taiwan had not changed and that his country strongly opposed unilateral efforts to change the status or threaten peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Washington has no diplomatic relations with Taipei and recognizes the communist regime in Beijing as the sole representative of China. But the United States sells weapons to the island and praises its democratic regime.
For his part, Xi Jinping called on Joe Biden not to “play with fire and a spokesperson for Chinese diplomacy had spoken of Ms. Pelosi's trip to the island as a red line.
La Nancy Pelosi's visit comes as military tension mounts in the region.
Taiwanese military conducted its largest annual military drills this week, which included mock drills. x27;interception of Chinese attacks from the sea.
At the same time, the American aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its flotilla left Singapore heading for the sea from southern China as part of a scheduled operation, the US Navy said.
And on Saturday, in response, China held a military exercise live ammunition in the Taiwan Strait.