Nancy Pelosi Heads to South Korea After Infuriating China with Visit to Taiwan

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departed Taiwan Wednesday after her controversial visit that infuriated the Chinese government – only to have the geopolitical tensions follow her to South Korea.

Pelosi and her congressional delegation’s next stop is Seoul, where she will meet her South Korean counterpart, National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and other ruling party members on Thursday.

But South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol won’t be meeting her. Yoon is taking time off at home in Seoul.

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.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Geoff Earle