Pelosi stops in Hawaii and reveals her plans for Asia. But no mention of Taiwan

Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific and plans to visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, among others, according to a statement released by her office on Sunday.

The statement made no mention of Taiwan, despite speculation in recent days that Pelosi may be planning to visit the self-governing democracy of 24 million people.
The Chinese Communist Party, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory – despite never checking it – has warned against Pelosi’s visit to the island, and US President Joe Biden recently said the US military believes such a trip “not a good idea now.” However, US lawmakers on both sides of the political divide in Washington have urged her to leave.

“Today, our congressional delegation travels to the Indo-Pacific to reaffirm America’s strong and unwavering commitment to our allies and friends in the region,” Pelosi said in her office’s statement.

She said high-level meetings will be held in each country to further “promote our shared interests and values, including peace and security, economic growth and trade, the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance”. .

Pelosi said the delegation received a briefing from the leadership of the United States Indo-Pacific Command after a refueling stop in Hawaii, where they visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Arizona.

In addition to Pelosi traveling as part of the Congressional Delegation, Chairman Gregory Meeks (Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee), Chairman Mark Takano (Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Congresswoman Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Congresswoman Andy Kim.

“Under the strong leadership of President Biden, America is firmly committed to smart, strategic engagement in the region, recognizing that a free and thriving Indo-Pacific is critical to prosperity in our country and around the world,” Pelosi said.

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