The agenda would include, among other things, a meeting with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, and a visit to the Legislative Yuan (Taiwanese unicameral Parliament).
A US delegation led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, could land this Tuesday at the Taipei Songshan airport in Taiwan, around 10:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. GMT), local media report.
According to different information, the program of the visit foresees a meeting between Pelosi and the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wenfor this Wednesday. In addition, the senior US official would visit the Legislative Yuan (Taiwanese unicameral Parliament). The agenda is believed to include a visit to the Human Rights Museum and a meeting with local activists. It is rumored that the trip may last until 17:00 on Wednesday.
Regarding accommodation, it is reported that the delegation had reserved an entire floor of 48 rooms at the Grand Hyatt hotel in the Xinyu district of downtown Taipei. From the Administration of the hotel they have not spoken to confirm or refute this possibility.
Meanwhile, the entrance to the legislative headquarters was covered with a red carpet, something that is done to receive important foreign dignitaries. In addition, the local police placed warnings in the vicinity of the Legislative Yuan, while establishing “flexible control of people and vehicles” from 07:00 to 11:00 on Wednesday on various roads.
Other security measures planned by the Taipei Police Department would include protecting the hotel, regulating traffic at intersections and deploying up to 400 police officers to ensure the safety of the senior official.
- Pelosi’s visit to Taipei would fuel tensions between the US and Beijingwhich opposes any official contact with the Taiwan authorities and insists that any negotiations with the island that bypass the central government violate the key principle of its policy of one china and the provisions of the three joint communiqués between China and the US.
- If the arrival of the president of the House of Representatives materializes, it would be the first visit made to the island by a US politician of such high rank in the latest 25 years.