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

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is heading to Asia for a tour of the region after landing in Hawaii, where she visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Arizona.

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

The statement made no mention of Taiwandespite speculation in recent days that Pelosi may be planning to visit the self-governing democracy of 24 million people.

China The Communist Party, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory – though it never controlled it – has warned against Pelosi’s visit to the island, and US President Joe Biden recently let slip that the US military thinks such a trip would be “not a good idea, would it”. now.” However, U.S. lawmakers on both sides of Washington’s political divide 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 the statement released by his office.

She said high-level meetings will be held in each country to “advance our common 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 U.S. Indo-Pacific Command leadership after a fuel stop in Hawaii, where they visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Arizona.

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. .

“Under President Biden’s strong leadership, America is firmly committed to intelligent strategic engagement in the region, understanding that a free and thriving Indo-Pacific is crucial to the prosperity of our country and the world,” said Pelosi.