The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, will visit Taiwan in August, the Financial Times reported today.
If confirmed, it would be the first visit by a US congressional leader to Taiwan in the last 25 years. Pelosi had originally planned to visit for last April, but ended up postponing it after testing positive for Covid-19.
The trip takes place at a time when the relationship between the United States and China is going through the worst moment since the countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1979, and Washington began to recognize the leadership in Beijing as the only legitimate government in all of China, breaking official contacts with Taipei.
The information about the trip comes as US President Joe Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are preparing to meet via video call in the coming weeks. Cited by the Financial Times, three people familiar with the situation said the White House expressed concern about the trip.
The issue is also a delicate one for Beijing, because the Chinese Communist Party will hold its 20th congress later this year – a meeting at which Xi is expected to secure a third term as secretary-general, unprecedented in the recent history of the People’s Republic of China.
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