Pelosi Explains Reason for Her Taiwan Visit

'America’s solidarity with Taiwan is more important today than ever'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2022 12:18 PM CDT
Pelosi Writes of Reason for Her Taiwan Visit
In this image taken from video, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exits a plane as she arrives in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.   (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

(Newser) – Just minutes after Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taiwan, a piece she wrote for the Washington Post went live. Titled "Why I'm leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan," Pelosi quite simply explains that very thing. Some key lines:

  • "In the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) accelerating aggression, our congressional delegation’s visit should be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom."
  • "Our visit—one of several congressional delegations to the island—in no way contradicts the long-standing one-China policy [which recognizes, but does not endorse, China's position that Taiwan is its territory], guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the US-China Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances. The United States continues to oppose unilateral efforts to change the status quo."
  • "America’s solidarity with Taiwan is more important today than ever—not only to the 23 million people of the island but also to millions of others oppressed and menaced by the PRC [People’s Republic of China]."
  • "We take this trip at a time when the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy. As Russia wages its premeditated, illegal war against Ukraine, killing thousands of innocents—even children—it is essential that America and our allies make clear that we never give in to autocrats."

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement of its own upon Pelosi's arrival in Taiwan. It reads in part: "Congress, as a part of the US Government, is inherently obliged to strictly observe the one-China policy of the US Government and refrain from having any official exchanges with China's Taiwan region. China is all along opposed to the visit to Taiwan by US congressional members, and the US executive branch has the responsibility to stop such visit. Since Speaker Pelosi is the incumbent leader of the US Congress, her visit to and activities in Taiwan, in whatever form and for whatever reason, is a major political provocation."

As for what the White House is saying, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told CNN Pelosi's visit "is completely consistent with American policy. No change to our One China policy … There should be no reason for them to use this visit as some sort of a pretext for any kind of action that would escalate tensions." (Read more Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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