Despite warnings from the Biden administration and threats from China, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly set to visit Taiwan on Tuesday evening. Her office has not made those plans public, but Taiwanese media have been reporting it.
According to The Hill:
Pelosi’s congressional delegation tour kicked off Monday in Singapore, and her office has confirmed Malaysia, South Korea and Japan are also on the schedule.
Though Pelosi did not include Taiwan in her public plans, Taiwanese media are now reporting that she will touch down in Taipei on Tuesday night.
The Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS reported Pelosi may meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Reports are also surfacing that the U.S. is moving ships and planes closer to the island, perhaps in preparation for the Speaker’s trip.
CNN also confirmed Pelosi’s plans, with a Taiwanese official telling the outlet the speaker would stay in the country overnight.
Beijing, which claims the island as its own, has said such a high-level U.S. delegation visit would “have severe negative impact on the political foundation of China-US relations, and send a gravely wrong signal to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces.”
President Biden said earlier this month that “the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now” for the Speaker to make the trip. Former President Trump also said Pelosi’s potential trip might make tensions worse.
However, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been largely supportive of the visit.
Read more on The Hill.