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Pelosi Confirms Trip to Asia, Makes no Mention of Taiwan

House Speaker (D-Calif.) holds her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 29, 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
House Speaker (D-Calif.) holds her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 29, 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) confirmed on July 31 that she’s heading to Asia this week to visit four countries but made no mention of Taiwan.

The speaker said she’ll visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan with a congressional delegation to “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,” according to a July 31 statement.

Her comments didn’t address a potential stop in Taiwan amid threats issued by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and an apparent mobilization of the regime’s military in the South China Sea. The CCP has long claimed that Taiwan, which has been self-governed since 1949 and never controlled by the regime, is part of its territory.

“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,” Pelosi said.

Earlier this month, amid reports that she would visit the island nation, President Joe Biden briefly told reporters that the U.S. military “thinks it’s not a good idea right now.”

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