LIVE UPDATES: Special aircraft purportedly carrying Pelosi lands at Taipei Songshan Airport at 10.43pm, Pelosi alights from plane, PLA fighter jets pass through Taiwan Strait (Updated: 11pm)

Taipei Songshan Airport

2nd August 2022 – (Taipei) The USAF plane no. SPAR19 purportedly carrying The United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi entered Taiwan’s airspace on Tuesday (2nd) night. The plane is scheduled to touch down at Taipei Songshan Airport. The Financial Times quoted sources as saying that the units in the southern theatre of the People’s Liberation Army entered a state of high alert. Five KC135 aerial tankers and eight F15 fighter jets of the US military stationed in Japan left the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and headed south.

The USAF aircraft no. SPAR19 headed northwest and crossed over Yilan County, New Taipei City, and Taoyuan before heading towards Taipei Songshan Airport.

At 10.27pm, the USAF aircraft no. SPAR19 started to descend. The altitude dropped to 2,000m at 10.35pm as it headed towards Taipei Songshan Airport. As of 10.40pm, its altitude dropped to several metres and proceed to land on runway. After landing at 10.43pm, Pelosi proceeded to alight from the plane.

Pelosi in her pink suit stepped out from the plane.

Pelosi is scheduled to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen tomorrow morning. She is then scheduled to attend a meeting at 8.50am on the second floor of the Legislative Yuan, where she will meet with Taiwan’s Legislative Speaker You Si-kun together with other lawmakers. Pelosi’s delegation will then take part in a state banquet at noon. Pelosi and her delegation will fly to South Korea tomorrow afternoon.

The altitude dropped to around 2,000m at 10.35pm. Source:
The altitude dropped to under 1,000m at 10.40pm. Source:

Meanwhile, according to Chinese state media, PLA SU-35 multi-role fighter jets passed through Taiwan Strait.

SU-35 multi-role fighter jet.

Earlier, a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) missile destroyer and guided-missile frigate were spotted 45 nautical miles southeast of Lanyu at about 4am on Tuesday, a military official told CNA

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying said on her Twitter account at 10.49pm that “When the House Speaker, being the third-highest ranking figure in the US government, flies on US military aircraft and makes a provocative visit to the Taiwan region, it is by no means an unofficial action.” She also said that, “Any US government institution, executive, legislative and judicial alike, must act on the foreign policy recognized and committed to by the US government. The US Congress is part of the US government, and it should strictly abide by the foreign policy of the US government.” She also added, “The US should give up any attempt to play the Taiwan card and strictly abide by the one-China principle and the three Joint Communiqués both in words and deeds and to the letter.”