31st July 2022 – (Washington) The Chinese website of Radio France Internationale quoted sources today as saying that U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will fly to Taiwan via Clark Air Base in the Philippines on 4th August to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei. She will arrive at the Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on the afternoon of the 5th and meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The Speaker of the US House of Representatives website announced Pelosi’s itinerary on the 31st, confirming that she will visit Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. Taiwan was not mentioned in the press release, only that the itinerary was “related to safety and security.”
Clark Air Base is a Philippine Air Force base on Luzon Island in the Philippines, located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Angeles City, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Metro Manila. Clark Air Base was previously a United States military facility, operated by the U.S. Air Force under the aegis of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and their predecessor organizations from 1903 to 1991. The base covered 14.3 square miles (37 km2) with a military reservation extending north that covered another 230 square miles (600 km2).
Meanwhile, a delegation led by Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will visit Singapore from 1st to 2nd August where she will meet with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as communicate with a number of cabinet ministers.
According to Chinese state media, Mr Xi said the United States should abide by the “one-China principle” and stressed it firmly opposed Taiwanese independence and interference of external forces.
Beijing has issued escalating warnings about repercussions should Ms Pelosi – a leading Democrat like Mr Biden – visit Taiwan, which says it is facing increasing Chinese military and economic threats.
However, he removed the tweet only after Twitter blocked his account.