The United States said on Monday it would not be intimidated by what it called Chinese “sabre-rattling”.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry said it had no comment on reports of Pelosi’s travel plans, while her office had also kept silent.
On Tuesday night, Taiwan’s tallest building, Taipei 101, lit up with messages including: “Welcome to Taiwan”, “Speaker Pelosi”, “Taiwan (heart) USA”.
With tensions already high, several Chinese warplanes flew close to the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday morning, a source told Reuters.
Several Chinese warships have also sailed near the unofficial dividing line since Monday, the source said.
The source said both Chinese warships and aircraft “squeezed” the median line, an unusual move the person described as “very provocative.”