The president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, published this Sunday the itinerary of the tour of Asia that has just begun without mentioning Taiwan among the stops of her trip.
The announcement was made amid tension over China‘s threats about a possible visit by the senior US official to a territory over which Beijing historically claims sovereignty and denounces every US approach as interference.
Pelosi mentions that the tour will take her through “Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan”where she and her accompanying delegation “will hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can advance shared interests and values, including peace and security, economic growth and trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance”.
The tension with China reached such a point during the week that his Army began this Saturday a military drill with live fire in Fujian provinceright on the coast of the Taiwan Strait, very close to the territory.
Chinese government propagandist Hu Xijin later deleted a tweet warning of military retaliation if US military planes escorted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, third in line to presidential succession after President Biden. and Vice President Kamala Harris
Relations between Beijing and Taipei were suspended in 1949, after the forces of the Chinese nationalist Kuomintang party, led by Chiang Kai Shek, suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party of China and moved to the island of Taiwan.
Links between Taiwan and mainland China were only re-established on a business and informal level in the late 1980s. China regards Taiwan as its rogue province, even though the island has declared its independence and has the support of the United States and the European Union.
In this context, Pelosi’s possible visit has a historic scope because she would be the first president of the lower house of the US Congress to visit Taiwan since Republican Newt Gingrich in 1997, in an announcement to which China publicly warned that it would respond in a public way. “forceful and energetic”.
Pelosi travels accompanied, among others, by the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Gregory Meeks, or the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Mark Takano.
(With information from Europe Press)
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