US plane that carried Pelosi to Malaysia followed Philippines, no request to land

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the Malaysian Parliament Azhar Azizan Harun pose for photos during their meeting at the Malaysian Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 2, 2022. Malaysian Department Information/Famer Roheni/Handout via REUTERS

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 (Reuters) – A U.S. Air Force plane that carried Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Malaysia left the country on Tuesday and flew near the Philippines, on the flight on more tracking of the day on the tracking site Flightradar24.

Reuters could not immediately establish whether Pelosi or his delegation were on SPAR19, but authorities in the Philippines, a U.S. ally, said no request had been received from the U.S. she is visiting or transiting the country.

The plane left Kuala Lumpur at 3:42 p.m. (0742 GMT) and flew east toward Borneo on a route along the South China Sea.

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He was last seen on the tracker off the Philippines’ southernmost region of Mindanao, flying along the country’s eastern Pacific coast.

Pelosi was expected to arrive in Taipei later on Tuesday, sources said earlier. Read more

Like SPAR19, a second US Air Force plane arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning. According to Flightradar24, SPAR20 had not left the Malaysian capital.

A visit to Taiwan by Pelosi, second in line to the US presidency and a longtime critic of China, would come amid deteriorating ties between Washington and Beijing.

She did not confirm whether she would visit the self-governing island that Beijing claims as its own.

The Philippine Air Force and its Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said they had received no news from the United States that Pelosi might land in the country on Tuesday.

“The DFA has not received any requests from the U.S. government or its embassy in Manila for President Pelosi to transit and/or travel to the Philippines as part of her current visits to the region,” the DFA said in a message. text to journalists. .

At 11:30 GMT, SPAR19 was flying just south of the Philippines, according to Flightradar24, on a route tracked by as many as 300,000 people on its website.

A normal flight from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei, the Taiwanese capital, would cross the South China Sea, with a typical flight time of less than five hours.

Since last week, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has conducted various drills, including live-fire drills, in the South China Sea, Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea, in a show of Chinese military might. .

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Reporting by Ebrahim Harris and Rozanna Latiff in Kuala Lumpur and Ryan Woo in Beijing; Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales in Manila; Editing by Martin Petty, William Maclean

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