Navy personnel from the United States, Japan and South Korea will participate Monday in Hawaiian waters for the Pacific Dragon exercises. Which will test the ability to defend against ballistic missiles.
According to sources quoted by the South Korean News Agency, Yonhap, These are semi-annual exercises that will begin on Monday and run through August 14. This year they will also have the participation of Australia and Canada.
Eight ships and two aircraft will be mobilized to improve coordination for ballistic missile detection, tracking and reportingas agreed by officials of the three parties at the Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore on June 11.
These exercises have been conducted more discreetly since 2018 in an effort to facilitate diplomatic contacts with North Korea.
on the other side, US House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, begins her tour of AsiaHe reported his office, which made no mention of Taiwan amid rumors that he might visit the island that Beijing claims as part of its territory.
Pelosi’s office said in a statement Sunday that the Asian tour includes stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
“Today, our Congressional delegation travels to the Indo-Pacific to reaffirm America’s strong and unwavering commitment to our allies and friends in the region.”Pelosi said, according to the memo.
Pelosi and her fellow lawmakers will hold high-level meetings in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan to speak on a wide range of topics, including human rights, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, trade and security in the region.
Pelosi’s office reported the flight as soon as it actually began and after the plane she was traveling in had stopped in Hawaii to refuel.
The Democratic leader travels with five members of CongressAmong them is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Gregory Meeks.
As Speaker of the House, Pelosi ranks second in the presidency after Vice President Kamala Harris. The White House made it clear this week that when it travels abroad, it does so amid tight security, for example by using a military aircraft.
The media had been speculating for weeks that Pelosi might travel to Taiwan, although her office refused to confirm this for security reasons.
Pelosi will be the first US House speaker to visit Taiwan since 1997. When Republican Newt Gingrich traveled to the island.
(With information from AFP)