Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released her Asia trip itinerary Sunday, leaving Taiwan off the list of stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Pelosi excluded Republicans from her trip, bringing five Democrats with her.
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Joe Biden has expressed his and the Pentagon’s displeasure at the notion of Pelosi visiting Taiwan while communist China has made bellicose threats warning against a stop in Taiwan with one commentator threatening to shoot down Pelosi’s plane.
China’s Xinjua news agency reported President Xi Jinping warned Biden in a phone call Thursday, “Those who play with fire will eventually get burned. I hope the US side fully understands that.”
President Trump also criticized Pelosi in a statement posted to Truth Social on Friday.
“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting involved with China and Taiwan other than to make trouble and more money, possibly involving insider trading and information, for her cheatin’ husband? Everything she touches turns to Chaos, Disruption, and “Crap” (her second big Congress “flop” happening now!), and the China mess is the last thing she should be involved in – She will only make it worse. Crazy Nancy just inserts herself and causes great friction and hatred. She is such a mess!!!”
China announced Saturday it is conducting live fire exercises in the Taiwan Strait.
As The Gateway Pundit reported on Saturday, U.S. and Chinese warships are maneuvering in the South China Sea.
Pelosi was reportedly set to visit Taiwan in April as part of an Asia tour but the trip was canceled when she tested positive for COVID. All sorts of rumors have been passed around since word was first leaked about Pelosi’s new planned Taiwan trip almost two weeks ago. The latest rumor has Pelosi making an unannounced stop in Taiwan on August 4.
“Sources said Pelosi will visit Taiwan on Aug. 4 via the US Air Force Base in Clark, Philippines, to meet with Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei. Then, on the afternoon of the 5th, her plane landed at the US Air Force Base in Yokota, Tokyo.”
Sources said Pelosi will visit Taiwan on Aug. 4 via the US Air Force Base in Clark, Philippines, to meet with Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei. Then, on the afternoon of the 5th, her plane landed at the US Air Force Base in Yokota, Tokyo.
— 吴小平 (@SilingWu) July 31, 2022
Meanwhile, the Chinese media is offering Pelosi protection if her plane has “emergency problems”, “If Pelosi’s plane really has some emergency problems and has to land somewhere during her flight around China, PLA fighter jets in the region will provide her protection…”
If Pelosi’s plane really has some emergency problems and has to land somewhere during her flight around China, PLA fighter jets in the region will provide her protection… https://t.co/YUtHu1IzJh
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 31, 2022
Pelosi’s statement released Sunday:
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, including visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. The trip will focus on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Today, our Congressional delegation travels to the Indo-Pacific to reaffirm America’s strong and unshakeable commitment to our allies and friends in the region,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “In Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, our delegation will hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can further advance 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. Under the strong leadership of President Biden, America is firmly committed to smart, strategic engagement in the region, understanding that a free and flourishing Indo-Pacific is crucial to prosperity in our nation and around the globe.”
Speaker Pelosi continued, “After a fuel stop in Hawaii, we were honored with a briefing from USINDOPACOM Leadership, as well as a visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Arizona. Our Members paid our respects to the valiant Servicemembers who perished in the brutal attack on Pearl Harbor. Throughout our travels, we will continue to convey the endless gratitude of Congress and the Country for our brave U.S. Servicemembers stationed abroad, whose service makes the region and world more stable and safe.”
“It is my privilege as Speaker to lead this distinguished group of Members, which includes Chairs of Committees and Subcommittees of jurisdiction and champions of a strong U.S.-Asia Pacific partnership,” Speaker Pelosi said. “We look forward to productive meetings that will continue to inform Congress’s work to advance our values and interests and strengthen our partnerships in the region.”
The Members of the delegation are:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Chairman Gregory Meeks, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Chairman Mark Takano, Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Vice Chair, House Ways and Means Committee
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform
Congressman Andy Kim, Member of the House Armed Services Committee; Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
In 1991 Pelosi protested in Tiananmen Square, “28 years ago, we traveled to Tiananmen Square to honor the courage & sacrifice of the students, workers & ordinary citizens who stood for the dignity & human rights that all people deserve. To this day, we remain committed to sharing their story with the world.”
28 years ago, we traveled to Tiananmen Square to honor the courage & sacrifice of the students, workers & ordinary citizens who stood for the dignity & human rights that all people deserve. To this day, we remain committed to sharing their story with the world. #Tiananmen30 pic.twitter.com/7UqiJVRS3t
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 4, 2019
The ChiComs have not forgotten.
Few Chinese need reminding that Nancy Pelosi built her political career on China-bashing, starting with the events in Tiananmen Square. pic.twitter.com/haWR3bMEDE
— 吴小平 (@SilingWu) July 31, 2022
C-SPAN video of Pelosi from 1991 speaking about Tiananmen Square.