Nancy Pelosi tests positive for Covid-19, postpones Asia trip

The announcement followed a warning from China that it would take strict action if the trip included a visit to Taiwan, as media reports in the region have claimed.

Pelosi’s deputy communications director Drew Hammill said in a tweet on Thursday that the planned congressional delegation to Asia, which will be led by Pelosi during the two-week congress break, “will be postponed to a later date.”

“After testing negative this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for Covid-19 and is currently asymptomatic. Fully vaccinated and boosted, the Speaker is grateful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided. The Speaker will be quarantined in accordance with CDC guidance and encourages everyone to be vaccinated, boosted and tested regularly,” Hammill tweeted.

Reports from some Japanese and Taiwanese media that Pelosi was planning to visit Taiwan after a stop in Japan this weekend – though not confirmed by Pelosi’s office or the Taiwanese government – had previously led to a warning from Beijing that such a visit would be serious. consequences for China-US relations.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday that China is “resolutely opposed to all forms of official contact between the US and Taiwan” and urged Washington “to support Chairman Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan.” to cancel immediately”.

“If the US insists on going its own way, China will take firm and firm measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Any potential consequences resulting from this will be borne entirely by the US,” he added, without provide details. †

The Chinese Communist Party has long claimed that Taiwan is democratically governed as part of its territory and has repeatedly vowed to “reunite” with the island of 24 million people – by force if necessary – despite never having ruled it. Washington officially recognizes Beijing instead of Taipei, but is committed to giving Taiwan the means to defend itself.

Pelosi’s positive test result comes this week after a spate of positive tests among lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

She was seen at the White House on Wednesday alongside President Joe Biden as he signed a bill. The family doctor told CNN that members who attended must have a negative test within 24 hours of the event.

Pelosi, the House’s top Democrat, is 82 years old. As Speaker of the House, she is second in the line of presidential succession behind the Vice President.

Biden, 79, tested negative Wednesday night, the White House said.

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