Pelosi’s high-profile visit shows Washington’s “rock-solid” support for Taiwan, the island’s foreign ministry said.
Taiwan “heartily” According to an official statement from Taiwan’s State Department, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomed her after her plane landed in Taipei on Tuesday.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the high-level delegation emphasizes the: “Rock solid” support the US Congress has for Taiwan and the “extensive cooperation in different areas” between the two countries.
The statement also noted that this was the highest US delegation to Taiwan in 25 years and expressed the hope that Taiwan and the United States “deepen further” their cooperation.
The congressional delegation includes Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks, Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Mark Takano and three other Democratic Party congressional leaders.
Pelosi herself released a statement after landing in Taipei, saying her visit was a tribute to Washington’s “unwavering commitment” to the self-governed island.
The Asia trip — with stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan — comes despite dire warnings from Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of its territory under the United States-recognized “One China” policy.
Pelosi claims her journey in “no way contradicting” Washington’s long-standing policy on Taiwan and aims to: “reaffirming our support for our partner and advancing our shared interests, including promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
In an official statement, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Pelosi’s presence on the island a “Serious violation of the One China Principle” That “Undermines peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
Pelosi is the first US House of Representatives speaker to visit Taiwan in more than two decades. Taiwan, which officially calls itself the Republic of China (ROC), has been self-governing since the 1940s, but has never officially declared its independence from Beijing.
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