The president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, met this Tuesday with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, and has proclaimed that the United States “will not abandon” the island, which she has described as a ” example” to the world. The trip has raised tension between the United States and China, which believes that the visit “seriously undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” and that calls for unification with this territory.
What does Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan mean?
Pelosi has assured that “American solidarity with Taiwan is crucial” and that her country’s determination to “protect Taiwanese democracy and in the rest of the world” remains “unaltered”. For her part, the Taiwanese president, who decorated Pelosi with the Order of Propitious Clouds for her “support” for the territory, has defended that Taiwan and the United States “continue their mutual support” to make “democracy shine again.” while thanking Pelosi for her “concrete actions in support of Taiwan at a critical time.” Tsai has underlined Taiwan’s commitment to “maintaining peace and security in the Taiwan Strait” and has declared that his Administration will turn the island into “a key stabilizing force” when it comes to “ensuring the stable development of global trade and supply chains.
This Wednesday he will leave Taiwan
The official, whose trip Beijing described as “deplorable betrayal” by the United States, is expected to leave Taiwan on Wednesday afternoon to resume her tour of Asia with stops in South Korea and Japan after those made since Monday in Singapore. and Malaysia.
The US policy landed in Taipei on Tuesday night in an officially unannounced visit that has outraged the Chinese government, which is responding with a military deployment in the Taiwan Strait and trade sanctions on the island.
This is the first visit by a US House Speaker to Taiwan since 1997, when Republican Newt Gingrich visited the territory. It is also the highest-level visit by a US representative since that date, although several congressional delegations have passed through in recent months.
China claims sovereignty over the island and has considered Taiwan a rebellious province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists.