On Monday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with officials in Singapore at the start of her Asian tour.
The U.S. Foreign Ministry revealed that Pelosi met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President Halimah Yacob, and other Cabinet members.
According to reports, Lee welcomed a U.S. commitment to strong engagement with the region. The two sides discussed ways to deepen U.S. economic engagement through initiatives such as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
The foreign ministry said Lee and Pelosi also discussed the war in Ukraine, tensions surrounding Taiwan and mainland China, and climate change.
In their conversation, Lee also “highlighted the importance of stable US-China relations for regional peace and security,” according to the statement, an apparent reference to reports that Pelosi may visit Taiwan.
Meanwhile, on the same day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian reiterated the earlier warnings, saying “there will be serious consequences if she insists on visiting Taiwan.”
In an earlier statement over the weekend, Pelosi said she would visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan to discuss trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, security, and “democratic governance.”
After Singapore, Pelosi is set to visit Malaysia on Tuesday.