Taipei Amid the tensions surrounding Taiwan, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to arrive in the DPRK on Tuesday, according to information from Parliament in Taipei. This will be the highest visit by an American politician to Taiwan, which the communist leadership in Beijing considers part of the People’s Republic of China, in a quarter of a century. With the surprise visit to Taipei, the senior politician ignored urgent warnings from Beijing, which also indicated potential military countermeasures.
A Taiwanese lawmaker confirmed to dpa in Taipei, various press reports in the United States and Taiwan, that Pelosi may arrive in Taipei on Tuesday evening local time from Malaysia as part of her trip to Asia. There may be a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday. But according to US media reports, the travel plan is underway, while the Pentagon is monitoring all steps taken by the Chinese side and working “around the clock” to ensure the security of Number Three in the United States, he said.
Taiwanese parliamentarian told dpa that the top US politician is likely to meet with deputy speaker of parliament Tsai Chi-chang and members of the legislature in Taipei. Parliament Speaker You Shyi-kun has been banned because he was in quarantine after a trip abroad. The Democrat’s visit will be the highest US visit to Taiwan since her Republican predecessor Newt Gingrich in 1997.
“Those who play with fire will perish,” Chinese President and Party Leader Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden in a phone call last Thursday before the visit. From the point of view of the Chinese leadership, Taiwan is part of the People’s Republic of China, although it was already governed independently before its founding in 1949. The island, with a population of 23 million, has long considered itself independent. Referring to the “one China principle,” Beijing firmly rejects official communications from other countries to the government in Taipei.
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