The delegation’s two-day visit to Singapore will include meetings with Singapore President Halima Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as a number of cabinet ministers, according to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Pelosi is also expected to attend a cocktail reception hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in the city-state on Monday afternoon.
The delegation also plans to visit Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, where high-level meetings will be held to discuss “common interests” including trade, the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, Pelosi’s office said.
Rumors have circulated for weeks that Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency behind vice president, may be planning to visit the self-governing Democratic island.
The Chinese Communist Party, which considers Taiwan part of its territory despite never controlling it, has repeatedly warned Pelosi against visiting the island, promising to take “strong and decisive action” if the trip goes ahead.
Some US officials are concerned that the reported visit will be met with a military response from China, which could spark the worst cross-strait crisis in decades.
During a phone call between US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last Thursday, Xi Jinping warned the US not to “play with fire” on the Taiwan issue, although neither side confirmed whether Pelosi’s reported plans were discussed. . Preparation for the call preceded the announcement of a possible trip.
When asked about a possible visit by Pelosi on Monday, Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang did not confirm whether she could stop there, and reiterated that Taipei welcomes foreign visitors. “The government warmly welcomes any foreign VIP friends who visit our country,” Su told reporters.
Traveling with Pelosi on the Congressional delegation are Chairman Gregory Meeks (Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee), Chairman Mark Takano (Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee), Congressman Susan DelBene, Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, and Congressman Andy Kim. .