US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Taiwan: Reports

by | Jul 19, 2022 | World

Pelosi could become the first sitting speaker to visit the self-ruled island claimed by China in 25 years.Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is due to visit Taiwan in August, according to new media reports, which would make her one of the highest-ranking officials from the US to visit the self-ruled island democracy in decades.
Pelosi was originally scheduled to visit Asia in early April, but her trip was delayed when she contracted COVID-19. While the focus of that trip was on Japan, it reportedly included a stop in Taiwan.
The Financial Times, citing six sources, reported on Tuesday that the trip is now scheduled for next month.
The American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy, and Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Local media reported that independent legislator Freddy Lim invited Pelosi to visit again during a summit on Tibet in June.
If her trip goes ahead, Pelosi will be the first sitting speaker of the House to visit Taiwan since Newt Gingrich travelled to the territory in 1997 to meet then-President Lee Teng-hui.
The timing of Gingrich’s trip was noteworthy as it came a year after Taiwan’s first democratic elections were held in 1996, a considerable milestone for the island.
Pelosi’s expected visit will take place at a significant low point fo …

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