Pelosi's Asia Itinerary Makes No Mention of Visit to Taiwan

Chris Menahan
Jul. 31, 2022

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have backed down from her provocative "legacy-building" plan to visit Taiwan after China launched live-fire drills off their coast and threatened war.

From Bloomberg, "Pelosi’s Asia Itinerary Skips Mention of Taiwan Stopover":
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Asian countries including Singapore and Japan in her trip to the region, according to a statement from her office that skipped any mention of a possible stopover in Taiwan.

Pelosi will lead a congressional delegation that will also visit Malaysia and South Korea, according to a statement on Sunday. The trip will focus on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region, it said.
Reports that her travel would include a stop in Taiwan had sparked a furious reaction in China, which regards the self-governing island as part of its territory. Beijing has warned there will be consequences if Pelosi visits, including a defense ministry statement that implied China might use military force in response.
Back in April, Pelosi threatened to go to Taiwan but canceled after claiming she tested positive for covid. It appears she has canceled her trip again.

So much for her "legacy!"

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