Pelosi still reportedly planning Taiwan trip despite omitting it from itinerary

Democrat House speaker's visit comes amid China's vow to "take resolute and strong countermeasures"

Published: August 1, 2022 11:08am

Updated: August 1, 2022 12:44pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still reportedly planning to visit Taiwan as part of her Indo-Pacific congressional trip, despite having not listed the destination on her itinerary and amid threats from China about making such a stop.

Pelosi on Sunday said she plans on visiting "Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan" with five other top-ranking congressional Democrats.

Taiwanese and U.S. officials told CNN that Pelosi plans on visiting Tawian still, but it is unknown when she will land in Taipei.

If Pelosi visits, she will be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in 25 years, when then-GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich visited.

China has been issuing threats ahead of Pelosi's visit, including that it will "lead to serious consequences."

The Chinese Communist Party says Taiwan is part of China, not a separate country, while the United States does not challenge Beijing's position but has an unofficial relationship with Taiwan.

President Biden said U.S. military officials say her trip is "not a good idea."

Her visit comes as tensions are rising in the region, with China conducting military exercises near Taiwan amid concerns of a possible invasion following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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