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Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will visit four countries during her visit to Asia, Taiwan is not on this list. The states that Pelosi will visit as head of the congressional delegation are listed in the announcement of the visit on her website.
“In Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, we will hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can advance our shared interests and values,” — she wrote.
Pelosi noted that the purpose of the visit to the Indo-Pacific region— “reaffirm America's unwavering commitment” to his “allies and friends” there, as well as to discuss issues related to “peace and security, economic growth and trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance.”
In total, the delegation includes six people, in addition to Pelosi, this is the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Gregory Meeks, the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Mark Takano, the vice chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Susan Delben, Congressmen Raja Krishnamurthy and Andy Kim .
Before the visit, the congressmen's plane was refueled in Hawaii, where members of the delegation visited the memorial in Pearl Harbor harbor. “During our travels, we will continue to express congressional and nation's infinite gratitude to our brave U.S. military personnel deployed overseas, whose service makes the region and the world more stable and secure,” Pelosi pointed out.
According to Reuters, the congressional speaker planned to visit Taiwan during her visit to Asia, it was assumed that she would go there after visiting Japan. However, this caused China's displeasure.
Taiwan declared secession from China in 1949, during the civil war. Beijing does not recognize the independence of the island and considers it its province.
The administrative status of the region has not been settled. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with the Taiwanese authorities, but since 1979 a law has been in force according to which Washington can supply weapons to the region to protect it. However, the US has a one-China policy.
China privately warned the US about Pelosi's possible trip to Taiwan, according to Financial Times sources, with the warning also suggesting a possible military response. In addition, the Chinese Ministry of Defense publicly called on Washington to cancel the speaker's visit, as this trip would violate the “one China” principle.
The New York Times, citing sources, wrote that these and other Chinese statements regarding Taiwan, caused concern in the US administration, the White House secretly tried to dissuade Pelosi from the trip.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that the flight of the speaker of the US House of Representatives to Asia is “dangerous military-political adventurism.” /p> Authors Tags Subscribe to VK RBC Get news faster than anyone else