Die 82-jährige Nancy Pelosi ist gemäss Protokoll als Vorsitzende des Repräsentantenhauses nach Biden und Kamala Harris die dritthöchste Amerikaner.
Sie hat heute, am 2. August 2022, ihre Absicht wahr gemacht, Taiwan zu besuchen. Das gibt Nationalchina Auftrieb und Rotchina offenbar Grund zur Sorge. Problemlos war Pelosis Aufenthalt in Singapur. Jetzt macht sie Taiwan ihre Aufwartung. Aus Sicherheitsgründen flog ihre Boeing von Singapur über die Philippinen nach Taipeh. Dort ist sie im schwer bewachten Hotel Grand Hyatt abgestiegen. Morgen, am 3. August, trifft sie die Staatspräsidentin.
Wir fragten unseren USA- und Westpazifik-Kenner Jürg Kürsener: Trafen die amerikanischen Streitkräfte Vorkehrungen für Pelosis Flug nach Taipeh? Er sandte uns die folgende Antwort; sie stammt vom zuverlässigen US Naval Institute (USNI):
“Das beantwortet die Frage nach dem Schutz des Pelosi-Fluges nach Taiwan. Stützpunkte für landgestützte Flugzeuge sind nur in relativ weiter Entfernung verfügbar (Okinawa für USMC Flugzeuge, Japan für USAF Maschinen).”
Carrier USS Ronald Reagan, Two F-35B Big Decks Operating Near Taiwan as Pelosi Arrives in Singapore; China Renews Threats
August 1, 2022 12:32 PM
Three U.S. capital ships and their escorts are operating in the Western Pacific near Taiwan, USNI News has learned.
Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and big deck amphibious ships USS America (LHA-6) and USS Tripoli (LHA-7), with Marine F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters embarked, are operating in the vicinity of Taiwan, on the edge of the South China Sea ahead of a Western Pacific visit from U.S. House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to the region, according to the Aug. 1 edition of the USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker.
A Pentagon spokesman told USNI News on Monday that the ships were operating normally in the region and would not detail force protection measures for the visit of the third highest-ranking U.S. official to the region.
However, a senior defense official told USNI News the ships, escorts and their air wings – already in the region – were prepared to linger as a contingency option. On Monday, Beijing implied there would be a military response if Pelosi traveled to Taiwan.
China has “serious concern over Speaker Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan and our firm opposition to the visit. We have been stressing that such a visit would lead to serious consequences,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Monday when asked about the trip.
“We want to once again make it clear to the US side that the Chinese side is fully prepared for any eventuality and that the People’s Liberation Army of China will never sit idly by, and we will make resolute response and take strong countermeasures to uphold China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
China views Taiwan as a breakaway province and discourages governments from dealing with Taipei directly. Pelosi would be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.
Pelosi arrived in Singapore on Monday as part of a congressional delegation to the region after a stop in Hawaii that included a brief with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
“In Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, our delegation will hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can further advance our shared interests and values, including peace and security, economic growth and trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, human rights and democratic governance,” reads the statement.
Her official itinerary did not include Taiwan, however, officials in Washington and Taipei said a visit is expected, according to CNN.
As of Monday, Japan-based Reagan is in the Philippine Sea after transiting the San Bernadino Strait on Saturday following a port visit to Singapore and operating in the South China Sea.
Japan-based America is in the East China Sea and California-based Tripoli is in just south of Okinawa. Tripoli has been embarked with up to 20 F-35Bs, while America routinely deploys with Marine F-35Bs. Marine officials told USNI News on Friday that its F-35Bs were not grounded as part of the ongoing ejection seat problems.
Specific lots of ejection seats across the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps — including F-35s — were found to have defective components. The services are in the process of clearing the seats for service with repairs.
“Currently, Marine Corps F-35Bs are not grounded, and over 90 percent of the inspections on Marine Corps ejection seat cartridge actuating devices are now complete,” Marine Maj. Jay Hernandez told USNI News on Friday.