Pelosi begins closely-watched Asia tour in Singapore

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) -U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was set to kick-off a tour of four Asian countries on Monday in Singapore amid intense speculation that she may risk the wrath of Beijing by also visiting Taiwan, the self-ruled island claimed by China. On Sunday, Pelosi’s office announced that she was leading a Congressional delegation to the region that would include visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. It made no mention of Taiwan. China views visits by U.S. officials to Taiwan as sending an encouraging signal to the pro-independence camp in the island….

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