Pelosi sets off on Asia trip as the world waits for possible stop in Taiwan – NBCNEWS

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President Biden posted a photo on July 28, 2022 of him speaking on the phone after speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to leave for Asia on Friday and begin a diplomatic journey with the potential to upset the Chinese Communist Party.

Pelosi is scheduled to visit several allied Asian countries on her multi-day tour of the continent.

One potential destination with major implications is Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China. The island was expecting a visit from Pelosi, but recent threats from the People’s Republic of China have drawn global attention to the potential visit.

Pelosi’s office has declined to provide information about the trip. Pelosi is also scheduled to hold her weekly Capitol Hill press conference Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington on July 21, 2022.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Pelosi had planned to visit Taiwan in April, which would have made her the top US official to visit the island since 1997, but was forced to cancel the trip after she tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pelosi has not officially rescheduled the trip, but rumors say she still plans to go after saying last week it’s “important for us to show support for Taiwan”.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping warned President Biden in a phone call on Thursday that the US should not “play with fire” on Taiwan.

“Those who play with fire will perish by it. It is hoped that the US has a clear eye for this,” said a Chinese readout of the Biden-Xi appeal.

The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of ocean between the island of Taiwan and mainland China. The Chinese military has regularly sent planes to the area to test Taiwan’s air defense zone.

President Biden posted a photo on July 28, 2022 of him speaking on the phone after speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
(White House)

The United States has no official relations with Taiwan, but has stepped up its involvement in the island China tries to isolate it of global institutions.

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We do not confirm or deny international travel in advance due to lengthy security protocols Pelosi spokesperson told Fox News Digital on Wednesday morning.

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Chinese officials told The Associated Press that if Pelosi goes to Taiwan, the military would increase its troop movements and resources in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon was planning a Pelosi trip and said fighter jets, ships, surveillance equipment and other military systems would likely be used to provide overlapping rings of protection for her flight to Taiwan and any time on the ground there.

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