The world was alerted early Sunday morning by images taken from an aircraft traffic tracker. These were then shared on social media. They showed that Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker (D-CA), was on her journey to Asia.
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As many of our readers are aware, there has been drama between Pelosi’s White House and Pelosi over her possible stop in Taiwan in support of the CCP. This drama only got worse in the last few days. On Saturday, there was word, via Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, that the White House had leaked Pelosi’s itinerary, in an effort to keep her from going.
Pelosi could have hinted that she might be stopping in Taiwan, but now it is unclear. UPI is reporting that her office has release the Speaker’s itinerary for the Asia trip — and it doesn’t include Taiwan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she was leading an Asian delegation, though her plans don’t mention Taiwan. …
Pelosi said in a statement Sunday that her trip to the Indo-Pacific region will include visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan to hold “high-level meetings” to discuss how the countries “can further advance our shared interests and values” including security, trade, the climate crisis and human rights.
“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,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said Sunday that the delegation made a fuel stop in Hawaii where members were briefed by the leadership of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific command visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Arizona.
This statement goes on:
“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,” 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.”
According to reporting by the Washington Post, “Joanne Ou, a spokesperson for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs….[said] she had ‘no further information to share with the media at this moment.’”
Anything can change, of course, but you have to hope that Pelosi defies both Biden and Xi, and decides to visit Taiwan–but just doesn’t announce it officially. Keep watching.