It appears that the 82 year old US House Speaker IS gonna touchdown in Taiwan after all….
The Biden admin and the Chinese have been VERY upset over this….
There isn’t gonna be WWIII over this…
But it IS gonna push China to take it on the chbin that an American high level offical IS gonna visit the place China has been able to scare American’s from doing…
Stay tuned …
This is gonna get interesting ….
The annoucment is from the Tawian side…Not America….
China has enough issues with Covid infection lockdowns…
I somehow don’t believe Pelosi would do this without a wink from her party leader President Biden, who needs any ‘tough guy’ moments he can get….
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set to visit Taiwan on Tuesday, three people briefed on the matter said, as China warned that its military would never “sit idly by” if she visited the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.
Pelosi, who began an Asia trip earlier on Monday in Singapore, was due to spend Tuesday night in Taiwan, the people said.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it had no comment on reports of Pelosi’s travel plans.
Amid widespread speculation over whether she would make a stop in Taiwan, Pelosi’s office said on Sunday that she was leading a congressional delegation to the region that would include visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. It did not mention Taiwan.
One source told Reuters that the United States had informed some allies about Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Two other sources said Pelosi was scheduled to meet a small group of activists who are outspoken on about China’s human rights record during her stay in Taiwan, possibly on Wednesday.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said earlier on Monday that it would be “a gross interference in China’s internal affairs” if Pelosi visits Taiwan, and warned that it would lead to “very serious developments and consequences.”
“We would like to tell the United States once again that China is standing by, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by, and China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Zhao told a regular daily briefing.
Asked what kind of measures the PLA might take, Zhao said: “if she dares to go, then let us wait and see.”
China views visits by U.S. officials to Taiwan as sending an encouraging signal to the pro-independence camp in the island. Washington does not have official diplomatic ties with Taiwan but is bound by U.S. law to provide the island with the means to defend itself.
A visit by Pelosi, who is second in the line of succession to the U.S. presidency and a long-time critic of China, would come amid worsening ties between Washington and Beijing….
image…Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (2nd L) leaves the Shangri-La Hotel after a reception organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore on August 1, 2022.