Pelosi arrives at the first stop of his Asian tour

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, arrived in Singapore early Monday morning at the start of her Asian tour.

A spokesperson for the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Pelosi will meet President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, meet a number of government ministers and is expected to attend a party with the US Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

Pelosi had declared in a statement released over the weekend that he would visit Malaysia, South Korea and Japan to discuss trade, the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, security, and democratic governance, but the news has not confirmed he may be visiting Taiwan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping put it in guard against interfering in Beijing’s relations with Taiwan during a phone call last week with its US counterpart, Joe Biden.

If he makes the visit, Pelosi would be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997.

The Biden administration has tried to reassure Beijing that there is no reason to “attack” and that if such a visit occurs, it would not mark any change in US policy.