Despite warnings to the Joe Biden administration, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosiwill visit Taiwan as part of his Asia tour.
According to the chain CNNtwo senior officials from Taiwan and the US confirmed the visit from Pelosi, which is not scheduled as part of her itinerary released this past weekend.
The visit of the Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives it would be the first in 25 years, at a time when relations between the US and China are at an all-time low.
Over the weekend, the press office of Nancy Pelosireported that the legislator began a tour of four Asian countries, without mentioning Taiwan.
“Representative Nancy Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, which includes visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan“, his office said in a statement.
The statement said the visit would include those countries, but did not specify whether Pelosi, who is number 3 in the presidential line of successionI could make other stops.
“The trip will focus on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
China believes that visits by US officials to Taiwan send an encouraging signal to supporters of independence on the island. Washington has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is required by law to provide the island with the means to defend itself.
A visit by Pelosi would be a significant, if not unprecedented, gesture of US support for Taiwan. the republican Newt Gingrich he was the last Speaker of the House to visit Taiwan in 1997.
Chinese President, Xi Jinpingwarned his US counterpart on Thursday, Joe Bidenthat Washington must abide by the one-China principle and that “those who play with fire will perish for it.”
Biden told Xi that US policy on Taiwan had not changed and that Washington firmly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
(With information from Reuters)