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Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is expected in Singapore on Monday, the first sequence of an Asian tour that could include a stopover in Taiwan, at the risk of further poisoning already strained relations between Beijing and Washington.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is on her way to Asia on Monday, August 1, without testing a possible stopover in Taiwan, which could further sour relations between China and the United States.
After long maintaining the vagueness around her Asia program, Nancy Pelosi announced on Sunday that she would lead “a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to its allies and friends in the region. “.
“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.
Singapore’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Nancy Pelosi and her accompanying delegation will visit the city-state from August 1-2.
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Military tension in the region
The President of the House of Representatives maintains the vagueness around a possible visit to Taiwan for security reasons.
For weeks, tensions between the United States and China have been rising over reports that it may visit the self-governing island, which China considers part of its territory.
Beijing would see a passage, even brief, of the speaker of the House of Representatives on the island as a provocation.
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 arms to the island and praises its “democratic” regime.
Nancy Pelosi’s visit comes as military tension mounts in the region.
Taiwan’s military conducted its largest annual military exercises this week, which included mock interceptions of Chinese attacks from the sea.
Meanwhile, the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its flotilla left Singapore for the South China Sea as part of a scheduled operation, the US Navy said.
And on Saturday, in response, China held a “live ammunition” military exercise in the Taiwan Strait.