Nancy Pelosi embarks on a high-profile trip to Asia with a visit to Singapore

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the delegation’s two-day visit to Singapore will include meetings with Singapore President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with a number of cabinet ministers.

Pelosi is also expected to attend a cocktail party hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in the city state on Monday afternoon.

Before it reached the Indo-Pacific, Pelosi’s delegation stopped in Hawaii, according to a statement from her office on Sunday.

The delegation also plans to visit Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, where high-level meetings will be held to address “common interests,” including trade, the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, according to Pelosi’s office.

The statement did not mention Taiwan.

Speculation has swirled for weeks that Pelosi, who is second in the presidential succession line after the vice president, may be planning a visit to the self-governing Democratic island.

The Chinese Communist Party, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory – although it has never controlled it – has repeatedly warned against Pelosi’s visit to the island, vowing to take “resolute and strong measures” if the trip continues.

Some US officials worry that the reported visit will meet with a military response from China, which could lead to the worst cross-strait crisis in decades.

During a phone call between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last Thursday, Xi warned the US not to “play with fire” over the Taiwan issue – although neither side has confirmed whether Pelosi’s reported plans have been discussed. Prepare for the call ahead of potential flight reports.

Asked about Pelosi’s possible visit on Monday, Taiwan Prime Minister Su Tsing-chang did not confirm whether she would stop there and confirmed that Taipei welcomes foreign guests. “The government warmly welcomes any friends of foreign dignitaries to visit our country,” Su told reporters.

Traveling alongside Pelosi as part of a congressional delegation, President Gregory Meeks (Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee), President Mark Takano (Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee), Congressman Susan Delbiny, Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, and Congressman Andy Kim. .

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