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After much speculation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will travel to Taiwan and meet with government officials this week, according to reports, and the former editor of a Chinese state publication has issued a warning strict.
Although some details remain open, Pelosi is expected to travel to Taiwan after his current stopover in Singapore. She reportedly scheduled meetings with Taiwanese officials and others for Tuesday evening and Wednesday.
“She’s definitely coming,” a person familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal. “The only variable is whether she stays overnight in Taipei.”
Pelosi would be the first House speaker to visit Taiwan since Newt Gingrich in 1997. China has issued stern warnings against such a visit.
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“China will take resolute and strong measures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. As for exactly what measures we will take, let’s wait and see if it dares to pay the visit,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson told AFP. about the possibility of Pelosi surrendering. in Taiwan.
Chinese media personality Hu Xijin responded to the news, warning of what could come next.
“Let her go to Taiwan. But pray before you go: wish you a safe trip and don’t be defined by history as a sinner who begins a spiral of escalation processes extending military friction to large-scale war scale in the Taiwan Strait,” said the former editor of the Global Times.
Hu Xijin had previously suggested that China shoot down Pelosi’s plane if it flew to Taiwan.
Prior to Pelosi’s departure for Asia, the Pentagon moved the USS Ronald Reagan and a strike group from Singapore to the South China Sea, although the carrier had been there before its short stay in Singapore.
Pelosi began her trip with a stop in Singapore, tweeting photos from her stop there.
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The Speaker of the House also planned to visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
Pelosi is traveling with a House delegation that includes Democratic Representatives Gregory Meeks of New York, Mark Takano of California, Suzan DelBene of Washington, Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois and Andy Kim of New Jersey.