The U.S. Navy has the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the amphibious ship USS Tripoli, with F-35 fighter-bombers operating near Taiwan, coinciding with the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
According to the latest update from USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker— a publication of the independent military association Naval Institute— another U.S. ship, USS America, is on its way but is still in port at Sasebo in Japan.
USNI News, citing a Pentagon spokesman, added that those U.S. ships generally operate in the region, declining to offer details on the protective measures taken for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Pelosi arrived Tuesday on the island in the first visit by a Speaker of the House of Representatives to Taiwan since 1997 when Republican Newt Gingrich did so.
The White House has assured that there are no violations or sovereignty issues with this visit and that the U.S. does not support Taiwan’s independence, nor has it changed its policy.
China warned Taiwan that it faces “disastrous consequences” if “the U.S. mismanages the cross-strait situation.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said it is “difficult to imagine a more reckless and provocative action” than Pelosi’s visit while extending the possibility of “disastrous consequences if the United States errs in its judgment” not only for Taiwan but for the “prosperity and security of the entire world.”