Taiwanese media says Pelosi will arrive at 10.30pm tomorrow, PLA issues warning to be on standby to follow orders to fight (Updated: 9.30pm)


1st August 0222 – (Taipei) U.S. media said on Monday (1st) that U.S. and Taiwanese officials leaked that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would visit Taiwan during her visit to Asia. Taiwanese media announced that Pelosi will arrive tomorrow (2nd August) at 10.30pm. China Times also quoted sources as reporting that Pelosi and delegates may stay in a five-star hotel in Taipei’s Xinyi District or Zhongshan District.

The PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command issued a warning to be “on standby and follow orders to fight, bury all incoming enemies, and advance toward the war of alliance victory.”

The report quoted diplomatic sources as saying that Pelosi is expected to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Taiwan’s National Security Council on the morning of the 3rd August, but the source also admitted that Beijing has reacted strongly to the visit, and whether Pelosi can arrive in Taiwan as planned is still uncertain.

A senior Taiwanese government official revealed that Pelosi is scheduled to spend the night in Taiwan, but he did not explain when. A U.S. official said Defence Department personnel are monitoring all Chinese movements in the region around the clock, while making plans to keep Pelosi safe.

Meanwhile, the South Korean Speaker’s Office announced on Monday (1st) that National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo will hold bilateral talks with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday (4th) morning to discuss issues such as security, economic cooperation and climate change in the Indo-Pacific region.

Although Pelosi’s official statement did not list Taiwan in the itinerary, French media pointed out earlier that Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan from Clark Air Base in the Philippines on Thursday. She would meet with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen before flying to Japan on 5th August.

According to Chinese media, China said on Monday that its military “will not sit idly by” if U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan.

The latest warning was issued during a Chinese foreign ministry regular briefing. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian also said that because of Pelosi’s status as the “No. 3 official of the U.S. government”, a visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own, would “lead to egregious political impact”.