US House speaker Nancy Pelosi kicks off Asia tour with no mention of Taiwan – BBC News

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has begun a tour of Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan – with no mention of a possible visit to Taiwan.

There has been intense speculation that she may visit the self-ruled island.

Taiwan is claimed by China – which has warned of “serious consequences” if she goes there. No high-ranking US elected official has visited Taiwan in 25 years.

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