The delegation kicked off its two-day visit to the city-state by meeting Singaporean President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, the Singaporean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
During the meeting, they discussed US-Singaporean cooperation on a number of issues including the climate crisis and economic development, according to the statement. He added that Lee “stressed the importance of stable relations between the United States and China for regional peace and security.”
Pelosi is due to attend a cocktail party hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in the city-state later Monday.
The delegation also plans to travel to Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, where high-level meetings would be held to address “common interests” including trade, the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, according to Pelosi’s office.
Speculation has swirled for weeks that Pelosi, who is second in presidential succession behind the vice president, may be planning to visit the self-governing Democratic island.
The Chinese Communist Party, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory – though it has never controlled it – has repeatedly warned against Pelosi’s visit to the island, vowing to take “resolute action and energetic” if the trip continues.
Some U.S. officials fear the reported visit could be met with a military response from China, potentially triggering the worst cross-Strait crisis in decades.
In a phone call between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last Thursday, Xi warned the US not to “play with fire” on the Taiwan issue – although neither side confirmed whether Pelosi’s announced plans had been discussed. Preparation for the call preceded reports of the possible trip.
Asked about Pelosi’s possible visit on Monday, Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang did not confirm whether she could stop there and reiterated that Taipei welcomes foreign guests. “The government warmly welcomes all foreign VIP friends who visit our country,” Su told reporters.
Speaker Gregory Meeks (Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee), Speaker Mark Takano (Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Member Congressman Andy Kim are traveling alongside Pelosi as part of the Congressional delegation. .