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South Korean President Ignoring Nancy Pelosi?


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departed Taiwan Wednesday after her controversial visit amid threats from Beijing.

Pelosi’s visit enraged the Chinese Communist Party and China announced live fire military exercises are planned for August 4 to 7.

After visiting Taiwan, Pelosi and her delegation had a scheduled stop in South Korea.

However, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will not interrupt his vacation to meet her.

Instead, Pelosi will meet with the head of the country’s National Assembly.

Daily Mail elaborated:

An official from the presidential office told the South China Morning Post Yoon would not be greeting the high-profile US visitor, whose stature as a powerful Democratic leader and second in the line of succession infuriated Beijing and caused a diplomatic row.

‘In the first place, there was no such a plan (for Yoon’ meeting Pelosi) as the president’s vacation schedule coincides with her visit here,’ the official said.

That prompted speculation online that Yoon’s absence was designed to avoid further antagonizing China.

The PRC made its anger clear with a series of war games for August 4 to 7, which were revealed on a map to encircle Taiwan.

Chinese jet aircraft were also spotted repeatedly very close to the Taiwan Strait. China does not recognize Taiwan’s airspace.  A total of 27 fighter jets including 16 Russian-made Su-30 jets crossed into Taiwan’s defense zone.

Zero Hedge added:

The Korea Times says officials in Seoul are all too wary and nervous over the timing of Pelosi’s visit.

“Amid the deepening U.S.-China rivalry, China has threatened military actions and it could invoke a U.S. response in kind, which would eventually affect South Korea, because of the South’s alliance with the U.S.,” director of the U.S.-China Policy Institute at Ajou University Kim Heung-kyu was cited as saying in the publication.

It marks Pelosi’s first visit to South Korea since 2015, and she’s expected to encourage the country to deepen its support for Washington’s shoring up coordination among regional partners and allies to counter Chinese aggression.

So far, as tensions between China and Taiwan soar, also with Beijing vowing to make the US “pay a price” – South Korea has urged dialogue and calm, with a presidential office statement asserting, “Our government’s stance is to maintain close communication with relevant parties … on the basis that peace and stability in the region through dialogue and cooperation are important.”

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