US House Speaker Pelosi begins Asia tour, no mention of Taiwan

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference Friday, July 29, 2022, at the Capitol in Washington. .(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The House of Representatives speaker confirms she will visit four Asian countries amid speculation she might visit Taiwan, fuelling US tensions with Beijing.

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi starts a tour of four Asian countries on Sunday, her office has said, without mentioning Taiwan amid speculation she might visit the self-ruled island claimed by China.

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, including visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan,” her office said in a press release on Sunday.

The statement said the visit would include those countries, but did not specify whether Pelosi, who is number three in the line of United States presidential succession, might make other stops.

“The trip will focus on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region,” it said.

Gregory Meeks, chair of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, was among the delegation listed.

China views visits by US officials to Taiwan as sending an encouraging signal to the pro-independence camp on the island. Washington does not have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the island with the means to defend itself.

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