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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday for the second leg of her Asian tour, which is overshadowed by an expected stop in Taiwan.
Pelosi and her delegation landed at the airbase. in Kuala Lumpur. She met Lower House Speaker Azhar Azizan Haroun in Parliament and attended a dinner with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Pelosi issued a statement about her visit on Tuesday, writing: “Today, our congressional delegation had the honor of being received by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri and Foreign Secretary Saifuddin. We have engaged in extensive discussions to advance our common goals for a free and secure India. -Pacific Ocean.”
Pelosi said her discussions with Malaysian leaders “included security concerns, economic opportunities and governance priorities.”
“At every one of our meetings, we expressed appreciation to Malaysia for voting at the United Nations on Russian aggression and their leadership in ASEAN for abandoning Burma for its deadly crackdown on dissent,” Pelosi said. “Our conversations about governance have focused on integrity in government, dealing with the climate crisis and fighting COVID. We agreed to continue cooperation on our common security interests, economic priorities, trade, human trafficking and climate issues.”
Although there were no official announcements, local media in Taiwan reported that Pelosi arrive in taipei on Tuesday evening. She will be the highest-ranking elected US official to visit the country in more than 25 years.
Rumors about Pelosi’s trip did not sit well with China, which sees Taiwan as part of its territory and any trip by a senior US official as evidence of US support for the island’s independence.
China said its military would “never sit idly by” if Pelosi continued the visit. Threats of retaliation from China raised fears of a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait dividing the two sides that could shake global markets and supply chains.
the white house said he will not mess with Chinese “saber-rattling”.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby downplayed the threats.
“We should not, as a country, should not be intimidated by this rhetoric or these potential actions. This is an important trip for the speaker and we are going to do our best to support her. ‘, Kirby told reporters.
Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang celebrated Pelosi’s possible arrival without confirming the House Speaker’s trip.
“We always warmly welcome the visits of distinguished foreign guests to our country,” he said.
Michael Lee of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.