House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has joined Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen for a meeting, amid a visit to the country that has been strongly condemned by China.
“We’re proud to be here,” said Pelosi, speaking on behalf of the Democratic delegation visiting Taiwan Wednesday morning.
“The story of Taiwan is an inspiration to all freedom-loving people in the United States and around the world. Out of a crucible of challenge, you have produced a flourishing democracy, one of the freest in the world and proudly led by a female president,” she added.
The meeting comes after Pelosi was presented an award by the Taiwanese government.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to a group of reporters following her meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, where she said her visit to Taiwan was to ensure the country’s “security” and that it can defend itself from China.
“I do think that the it’s really important for the message to be clear that in the Congress, House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans are committed to the security of Taiwan in order to have Taiwan be able to most effectively defend themselves,” Pelosi said in response to a question from a Central News Agency reporter.
“What matters to us is that we salute the successes of Taiwan. We work together for the security of Taiwan,” she added.
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In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, walks with Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, as she arrives in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-ruled island claimed by China in 25 years. ( Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
Beijing blasted the ‘provocative’ and ‘wrongful’ visit by the House speaker to the island nation while also announcing new military action.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday and was met with a a furious screed from China’s Foreign Ministry, which blasted what it considers a “provocative” and “wrongful” act on behalf of the entire U.S. government and lashed out at warnings from President Joe Biden’s top advisers that Beijing not escalate an already precarious security situation.
“Following a strategy of using Taiwan to contain China, the US has supported and connived at Taiwan-independence separatist forces and has made deliberate provocations against China on the Taiwan question. It has been pushing the envelope on China’s red lines,” Hua wrote. “The US & Taiwan have made provocations together first, whereas China has been compelled to act in self-defense. Any countermeasure to be taken by China would be a justified & necessary response to the US oblivion to China’s repeated démarches and the US’s unscrupulous behavior.”
Hua’s comments directly refuted repeated claims from National Security Council spokesman John Kirby and Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week attempting to distance the controversial trip from the administration. They have claimed Pelosi decided to travel to Taiwan on her own while also stating that Beijing would be solely responsible for the military escalation it has pledged.
Related: Blinken Warns China, Distances White House From Pelosi Trip to Taiwan
‘The decision is entirely the speaker’s,’ the top diplomat said, distancing the White House from her planned trip to Taiwan while also issuing new warnings to China against responding.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken speaks during a meeting with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Non-Nuclear Weapons States Parties in the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.(YUKI IWAMURA/AP)
America’s top diplomat on Monday distanced the Biden administration from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s all-but-confirmed trip to Taiwan later this week while also warning China against following through on the dangerous military escalations it has pledged in response.
“The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan. The Congress is an independent, coequal branch of government. The decision is entirely the speaker’s,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters during a press availability at the U.N. headquarters in New York, where he attended a meeting about nuclear non-proliferation.
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meeting leaders in Taiwan despite warnings from China, said Wednesday that she and other members of Congress in a visiting delegation are showing they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island.
“Today the world faces a choice between democracy and autocracy,” she said in a short speech during a meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. “America’s determination to preserve democracy, here in Taiwan and around the world, remains ironclad.”
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