Pelosi, third in the line of presidential succession, after President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, started a trip to Asia on Saturday morning, with official stops planned in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
It’s widely speculated she will also stop in Taiwan, which Communist China maintains is a breakaway province, not an independent country, and has no right to conduct foreign relations. The two split in 1949 after a civil war that saw the Community Party take over mainland China.
Pelosi has refused to confirm the reports that she will visit the self-governing island. If the visit takes place, she would be the highest-ranking American elected official to visit Taiwan since 1997.