House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on August 2 on an Air Force aircraft. That night, Beijing summoned the U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns.
As expected, Xie calls Pelosi’s decision to visit Taiwan unscrupulous, lamenting that the U.S. is adding fuel to the Taiwan Straits tension. The minister goes as far as noting Washington “must pay the price for its own mistake.”
Burns has not released any official statement regarding Xie.
As soon as she arrived in Taiwan, the House Speaker asserted that the U.S. supports the status quo in the region.
She says in the tweet not long after boarding, “Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.”
Pelosi is a long-time critic of the Chinese government. She also reiterated that the talks with Taiwan leadership involved “advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region.”
Chinese foreign minister Xie Feng blasts the visit as a serious provocation and violation of the one-China principle. But Pelosi declares in a statement that the trip “is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts long standing United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances.”
The House Speaker’s presence in Taiwan has been one of the highest-ranking elected U.S. officials to visit the self-ruled island in 25 years. It also happens in disregard of fiery warnings and targeted military operations from Beijing.
The House speaker, who stood up for activists in Tiananmen Square in 1991, will also pay a visit to student leader Wu’erkaixi who has been living in Taiwan in exile, at the famous Jingmei Human Rights Park in Taipei. The Tiananmen Square massacre has been a dark mark in history that the Chinese Communist Government constantly works to erase from civilians’ memory.