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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may arrive in Taiwan on August 2 and meet with the island's leader, Tsai Ing-wen, the next day, the China Times newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.
The US official is also expected to hold a meeting with other high-ranking officials while in Taiwan and leave the island on Wednesday, the newspaper said.
The Taiwanese foreign ministry has not confirmed these plans yet, the news outlet added.
The House speaker has embarked on a trip to the Indo-Pacific which includes visits to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. Pelosi did not mention if Taiwan is on her schedule, amid escalating tensions between China and the US. Beijing has previously issued several warnings, saying that a trip to Taiwan would be a violation of the One China policy.
At the same time, China's People's Liberation Army started military drills on Saturday, conducting a firing exercise in the southeastern province of Fujian across the strait from Taiwan and closing the designated maritime area.
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03:00 GMT 02.08.2022
Taiwan Stocks Nosedive Amid Regional Tensions
The benchmark Taiwan Stock Exchange Weighted Index plummeted just over 2% on Tuesday, with shares of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company sinking 3.1%.
Similarly, Hong Kong stocks fell over 3% as the Shanghai Composite Index recorded a 2.90% dip.
02:50 GMT 02.08.2022
Several Chinese Warplanes Reportedly Flew Close to Median Line of Taiwan Strait
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21:33 GMT 01.08.2022
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Any visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or the White House will be seen by Beijing as dangerous, Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun said at a press briefing.

"Concerning the planned visit of Speaker Pelosi, China has repeatedly made our position very clear, and we have repeatedly expressed our serious concerns and firm opposition to such a visit. As we see it, a visit from the White House or from Pelosi, such a visit is apparently very much dangerous, very much provocative. If the US insists on making the visit, China will take firm and strong measures to safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said on Monday at the beginning of the Chinese presidency of the Security Council.
20:10 GMT 01.08.2022
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18:45 GMT 01.08.2022
Blinken: US Expects China Not to Escalate Tensions if Pelosi Visits Taiwan
The US is looking for China to act responsibly and avoid creating a crisis if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decides to visit Taiwan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday at the United Nations.
"And so if the Speaker [Pelosi] does decide to visit, and China tries to create some kind of crisis or otherwise escalate tensions, that would be entirely on Beijing. We are looking for them in the event she decides to visit to act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward," Blinken said following his statement in the UN General Assembly Hall on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Blinken said the State Department does not know what Pelosi intends to do but will respect any decision she makes.
18:39 GMT 01.08.2022
Biden Did Not Directly Speak With Pelosi About Her Plans to Visit Taiwan
President Joe Biden did not directly speak with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about her plans to visit Taiwan but her potential trip there has been discussed in the national security circles, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said on Monday.
"There have been direct conversations with the speaker and her staff before she left at various levels in the national security establishment. The President did not speak directly with the speaker about this trip," Kirby said during a press briefing.
18:35 GMT 01.08.2022
White House Denies US Military Urged Pelosi Against Going to Taiwan
National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby on Monday dismissed reports that the US military urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to go to Taiwan.
"I don't know that she was urged not to go. Who urged her not to go?" Kirby said during a press briefing.
On July 20, US President Joe Biden said that "the military thinks it is not a good idea" for Pelosi to go to Taiwan.
18:03 GMT 01.08.2022
White House Says US Speaker Pelosi Has Not Confirmed Any Travel Plans to Taiwan, but She Has Right to Visit
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16:40 GMT 01.08.2022
Employees of Taiwan's Grand Hyatt Evade Question About Potential Pelosi Stay
Staff of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taiwan, where Taiwanese media report Pelosi may stay tomorrow night, avoided answering Sputnik's question about the House speaker's potential arrival.
Employees first passed the request to each other, promising to find a person who can help, but then hung up. Sputnik correspondents called the hotel several times, but each time the staff avoided answering the question about Pelosi or did not pick up the phone.
16:15 GMT 01.08.2022
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16:01 GMT 01.08.2022
Taiwan's Ministry of Defense Mobilizes Forces to 'Prepare for War', Mirror Reports
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14:53 GMT 01.08.2022
Pelosi is Expected to Arrive in Taiwan on August 2, 2:30 pm GMT - Report
According to the Taiwanese TV channel Set News, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to arrive at Taipei Songshan Airport on August 2 at 10:30 pm local time (2:30 pm GMT). As per the report, she will stay in the Grand Hyatt Taipei hotel for one night and meet Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen at 8 am local time on August 3, before leaving the island the same day.
14:11 GMT 01.08.2022
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14:09 GMT 01.08.2022
'We Shouldn't Be Intimidated': Kirby on Pelosi's Potential Visit to Taiwan
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“This is an important trip for the speaker to be on and we’re going to do whatever we can to support her,” Kirby said.
12:04 GMT 01.08.2022
Singapore Calls for Stable US-China Ties Amid Taiwan Tensions
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10:48 GMT 01.08.2022
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10:19 GMT 01.08.2022
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