China Times: Pelosi’s Six-Men Delegation Will Come to Taiwan
BEIJING, AUGUST 2 – RIA Novosti. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, may fly to Taiwan on Tuesday evening at the head of a six-member delegation. author China Times newspaper.
It was noted that after leaving Malaysia, the private flight with Pelosi would go to the airspace east of the Taiwan coast and enter the island’s air defense identification zone from the north.
Pelosi’s delegation will reportedly include five members of the Democratic Party from the US House of Representatives.
However, Pelosi’s exact route is unknown, but the newspaper says she may arrive on a private flight to Taipei Songshan Airport on Tuesday evening between 21:00 and 22:00 local time.
Also, the newspaper reported that Pelosi’s visit would be short-lived, as it was on the eve, and that the American politician would leave the island on Wednesday morning, after a morning meeting with the island’s leaders.
On Monday, Taiwanese news portal ETtoday reported that Pelosi, who is leading a delegation of about 20 people, is scheduled to land at Songshan Airport in Taipei at around 5:30pm local time on Tuesday, and will then spend the night there. He is at the Grand Hyatt and on Wednesday morning his visit to the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan parliament), where he will meet with the island’s leadership, including the head of administration, Tsai Ing-wen. He will reportedly board a plane at noon on Wednesday and leave the island, thus ending his short visit. In response, the Grand Hyatt hotel in Taiwan declined to answer RIA Novosti’s question about its arrival.
Pelosi’s Asia tour, which will take her to Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, comes with increased global attention following reports of her plans to visit Taiwan. If the visit to the Chinese island takes place despite Beijing’s protests, it will be the first visit by a US House of Representatives spokesperson since 1997. The US administration, warned by the Chinese president of the “burn risks of playing with fire”, assured Beijing of its adherence to the “one China” policy, but shied away from a possible visit, saying the speaker made the decisions himself. Taiwanese media reported that he could come to the island on Tuesday and meet with the island administration’s leadership on Wednesday. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not confirm these reports.
The PRC considers the island its own province and always opposes any contact between Taipei representatives and current officials, especially senior officials or the military of countries with which Beijing has diplomatic relations.
News of a possible visit to the island by Pelosi, whom Beijing calls the third most important official in the US government, received a very negative reaction from China, as expected. China’s Foreign Ministry said that if Pelosi visits Beijing Island, it will definitely take decisive and effective measures to protect the state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and that the United States will be fully responsible for all the serious consequences this will entail. At the same time, China’s official departments did not specify what kind of decisive measures they are talking about.
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