Pelosi arrives in South Korea from Taiwan on Asia tour

Seoul, Aug 3 (EFE).- The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, arrived Wedesday in South Korea to continue her Asia tour, following a short stopover in Taiwan that led to strong criticism from China.

The US air force aircraft carrying Pelosi landed at Osan Air Base at 9.26 from Taipei, where earlier during the day Pelosi had met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

The US politician is scheduled to meet with her South Korean counterpart, Kim Jin-pyo, on Thursday in Seoul before traveling to Japan, the last stop on her Asia tour.

Pelosi, who spent less than 24 hours on an unofficially announced visit to the island, promised during her stay that the US would remain committed to “the people of Taiwan,” while China announced announced trade sanctions on the island and extensive military deployment around it.

Pelosi’s visit was the first by a US House of Representatives speaker to Taiwan since Newt Gingrich in 1997.

Washington is Taiwan’s main arms supplier and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a possible war with China, which considers the island a rebel province and has not ruled out use of force to achieve “reunification.” EFE


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