2nd August 2022 – (Taipei) US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is imminent and she is expected to arrive this evening at 10.20pm. All Taiwan Air Force bases on Tuesday (2nd) raised their combat readiness level to “emergency combat readiness”. Six F16 fighter jets were on standby at the Pingtung base. They are ready to take off in 3 minutes.
Tianjian-1 short-range air-to-air missiles and Tianjian-2 medium-range air-to-air missiles were mounted on the aircraft. However, the Taiwanese army denied raising the outer island security and said that it was just routine training. The number of take-offs of F16V fighter jets at the Chiayi Air Base also increased, adding to the tension.
In order to avoid mishaps, the authority and responsibility of the “first strike” combat attack of Taiwan warships and planes on the front line shall be determined by the Air Force Combat Command, the Naval Combat Command Centre and the Hengshan Command Post.
If the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attacks first, the Taiwan Army can immediately counterattack. A senior general of the Taiwan Army revealed that the number of PLA ships and aircraft in and around the Taiwan Strait not only exceeded the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis, but also hit a new high since 1949.
Meanwhile, Taiwan News quoted a Taiwanese legislator as saying that a meeting between a congressional delegation led by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Taiwan’s Legislative Speaker You Si-kun was scheduled for Wednesday morning (3rd Aug).
William Tseng, the Kuomintang (KMT) legislative caucus whip, said he was just informed of a meeting scheduled for 8.50am Wednesday morning on the 2nd floor of the Legislature. The congressional delegation from the U.S. and caucus whips of the ruling and opposition parties in Taiwan are invited. Apple Daily, citing people familiar with the matter, reported Pelosi will meet President Tsai Ing-wen in the early morning before heading to the 8.50am meeting. A state banquet was arranged to welcome the delegation at noon, and the delegation will leave Taiwan that afternoon for South Korea.
Pelosi and her delegation are expected to arrive at Taiwan Songshan Airport at 10.20m tonight. At that time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send personnel to pick them up and use the diplomatic bubble mode to enter Taiwan. Pelosi and her delegation are expected to stay at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Xinyi District, Taipei City. However, the foreign ministry kept a low profile on the itinerary and said it had no further comment.
According to police sources, Taipei City is expected to deploy 1,000 police officers to carry out security measures for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. At least 200 people have been mobilised in Songshan District and Xinyi District to carry out security measures for Songshan Airport and Grand Hyatt Hotel respectively. Security control is believed to be to protect Pelosi delegation in Taiwan.