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Nancy Pelosi Visits Taiwan; China Erupts

August 2, 2022

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) visited Taiwan as expected on Tuesday to the anger of the Chinese government.

“Our congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” Pelosi said in a written statement released Tuesday, August 2, the day of her arrival.

“America’s solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important today than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy,” the speaker added.

Pelosi drew cheers when she arrived and was greeted by Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, and Sandra Oudkirk, the de facto ambassador to Taiwan. (The United States does not have an official embassy in Taiwan.)

Pelosi is scheduled to meet Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, August 3.

The Chinese government is furious over Pelosi’s visit, saying it “has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The People’s Republic of China considers Taiwan to be part of China. After the conclusion of the 1949 Chinese Revolution, Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong took power over the mainland. Members of the Nationalist government evacuated to the island of Taiwan in December 1949.

China has threatened military action as a result of Pelosi’s trip.

Pelosi’s trip marks the first time a senior United States official has visited Taiwan in 25 years, the last one taking place in 1997 by then-speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. 


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