Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, starts a tour of four Asian nations on Sunday, according to her office, without mentioning Taiwan, despite widespread anticipation that she may visit the self-ruled island claimed by China.
According to a statement from her office, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, including visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.”
“[China’s] air force has the firm will, full confidence and sufficient capability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
“Prepare for war!” was the message that a People’s Liberation Army unit posted on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. It earned 1.87 million likes.
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According to Biden, a Pelosi travel to Taiwan is “not a good idea right now,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
The timing of Pelosi’s trip to Asia is sensitive politically for both Chinese and American leaders.
At a Congress later this year, Xi is anticipated to run for an unprecedented third term, while in the United States, Biden’s Democratic Party will face a challenging battle to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections in November.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES