The US may be deploying many assets, including aircraft carriers, near Taiwan, in the context that House Speaker Pelosi is expected to visit the island.

Japan’s Nikkei newspaper today reported that the US military is deploying a series of air and naval assets to the area near Taiwan , preparing for the possibility of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting the island during her visit. Asia.

The US aircraft carrier closest to the island of Taiwan today is the USS Ronald Reagan, which has just completed a mission in the South China Sea. Along with that is the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli present near the island of Okinawa in the south of Japan and the amphibious assault ship USS America stationed at the Sasebo military port.

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln sailed in the Pacific Ocean in mid-July. Photo: US Navy.

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln moved in the Pacific Ocean in mid-July. Photo: US Navy .

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, amphibious assault ship USS Essex, 36 surface ships and three US submarines are participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise near the Hawaiian Islands until August 4.

Civil aviation tracking data shows that two US Air Force HC-130J Combat King II search and rescue aircraft moved from Alaska to Okinawa with the support of many KC-135 tankers.

The US Department of Defense has not commented on the information.

CNN earlier quoted US and Taiwanese government officials as saying that US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to visit Taiwan and stay overnight on the island, but the specific time of the visit is unknown.

The US official said that US defense officials are working non-stop to monitor every move of the Chinese military in the area, as well as develop a plan to ensure the safety of Ms. Pelosi if she visits the island. Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the Chinese military would “not sit idly by” if Ms. Pelosi came to Taiwan and warned the US would suffer serious political repercussions. “Let’s see what happens if she dares to do that,” Zhao told a news conference in Beijing when asked what measures the Chinese military might take to prevent the visit.

The Taiwan Strait and the island of the same name.  Graphics: CSIS.

The Taiwan Strait and the island of the same name. Graphics: CSIS .

Taiwan has been a hot issue in US-China bilateral relations in recent years. China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary.

The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provide the island with modern weapons. China has warned that its relationship with the US “will be broken if it does not properly handle the Taiwan issue”.

Ms. Pelosi had planned to visit Taiwan in April, but the trip was postponed after she tested positive for nCoV. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the time criticized the trip as a “malicious provocation”. In a phone call on July 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Joe Biden that “those who play with fire will get burned”.