Financial Times reported that U.S. Speaker of House of Representative Nancy Pelosi planned to visit Taiwan in August to show her support for Taiwan. This will be the first visit of the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives to Taiwan in 25 years.
According to the people familiar with the situation, Pelosi is going to lead a delegation to visit Taiwan in August. The 82-year-old law-maker represents California state, originally planned to visit Taiwan in April of this year. Unfortunately, she had to cancel the trip as she tested positive for the CCP virus. In 1997, Newt Gingrich, who was the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives at that time, a Republican member, also led a delegation to Taiwan. Pelosi will be the second U.S. House Speaker to visit Taiwan after him as a Democratic Member.
Communist China foreign minister Wang Yi said in April that Pelosi’s Taiwan visit is a malicious provocation. The news of Pelosi’s Taiwan trip was released just a few weeks ahead of the meeting between U. S. President Jo Biden and Xi Jinping.
According to sources, the Whitehouse has expressed concern about Pelosi’s Taiwan visit. The timing of Pelosi’s Taiwan visit is sensitive for the Chinese Communist Party because the 1st of August is the founding Day of the PLA.
Moreover, Pelosi’s Taiwan visit is considered to be ill-timed by the CCP because CCP’s 20th National Congress will be held at the end of this year. It is generally expected that Xi Jinping will take the unprecedented third term as leader.