As House Speaker, Pelosi is second in line to the US presidency. Instead of meeting with South Korea’s head of state, she’ll instead greet National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and leaders of the ruling conservative People Power Party, along with the opposition Democratic Party of Korea
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.
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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.”
Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan with wise words from “Benjamin Franklin, our presidency” on “freedom and democracy on one thing, security here.” pic.twitter.com/mElfFUoF5C
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The statement also welcomed Pelosi and expressed hope for “many achievements” amid meetings lined up during her stay.