The Speaker of the US House of Representatives begins his tour of Asia

ISLAMABAD, July 31 (Alliance News): US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has embarked on a tour of four Asian countries, without mentioning Taiwan, amid intense speculation she may visit the autonomous island claimed by China.

According to foreign media report, the Congress delegation is also included in the tour of the Indo-Pacific region with Nancy Pelosi, in which they will visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

According to the statement issued by the office of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will visit all these countries in the region, but it was not summarized that Nancy Pelosi, who is third in the line of presidential succession, will also visit other countries. Will or not?

The purpose of the visit is to discuss mutual security issues, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region, the statement said.

This delegation also includes the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House, Gregory Max.

China, on the other hand, sees the visit by the US top leadership to Taiwan as a signal to promote the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčindependence for the disputed island.

Washington has no government-level diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but the Taiwan Statute obliges the US to provide the island with defense assistance.

Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is a dramatization of the US’s support for Taiwan, despite the fact that US Republican Newt Gingrich was the last speaker of the House to visit Taiwan in 1997.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned his US counterpart, President Joe Biden, that Washington must stick to the ‘One China’ principle and that it will be destroyed if anyone tries to play with fire.

Joe Biden has told Chinese President Xi Jinping that US policy on Taiwan has not changed and that Washington strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability in Taiwan.

After talks between the US and Chinese presidents, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said Taiwan will continue to strengthen and deepen its security partnership.

Chinese state media quoted Chinese Air Force spokesman Shen Junke as saying that Beijing will fully protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

At the air ceremony of the armed forces, the spokesman of the Chinese Air Force pointed to Taiwan and said that the air force has many types of fighter aircraft that are capable of circling the beautiful island of our land.

He said that China’s Air Force has strong will, full confidence and ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

On Friday, a People’s Liberation Army unit posted a comment on China’s Twitter-like social media application, “Get ready for war,” that was liked by more than 1.8 million people.

South China Sea
As the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group returned to the South China Sea by Thursday, the Chinese military stepped up its exercises in the vicinity.

On Saturday, the Chinese military conducted live-fire drills in waters off Fujian province, 100 kilometers from Taiwan, according to local officials.

According to another notice from the Maritime Safety Administration, another exercise will be conducted by the Chinese Coast Guard in the South China Sea near Guangzhou province.

Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Shin Jin said on Sunday that he had removed a tweet warning of military retaliation on Twitter on Saturday after his tweet asking ‘Will US fighter jets protect Nancy Pelosi on visit to Taiwan’? should be done’, the Twitter management had closed his account.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the US had not seen evidence of increased activity by Chinese armed forces against Taiwan.

On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden told the House of Representatives that he believed that the US Armed Forces believed that it was not a good idea for the Speaker of the House of Representatives to visit Taiwan at this time.

Nancy Pelosi’s Asian visit comes at a politically sensitive time for Chinese and American leaders.

Xi Jinping is expected to set an example by being elected to a third term in Congress later this year, while in the US Joe Biden’s Democratic Party is expected to retain control of the US House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections. So will have to face tough competition.

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