These days, much speculation has been around about U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan and the threats from mainland China. According to AP, Nancy Pelosi has already arrived in Taipei on Tuesday, August 2. Her trip was not announced ahead of time.
The truth is, this has become a historic visit, as she turns out to be the first high-ranking official to visit Taiwan on an official mission in the last 25 years.
As reported by Bloomberg, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and a delegation of other officials greeted Nancy Pelosi as soon as she landed on Taiwanese land.
The Taiwan leader’s office announced that her congressional delegation is to meet President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday morning, August 3, and for lunch as well.
The U.S. delegation and the House Speaker were widely welcome. Under tight security, people gathered to receive Nancy Pelosi displaying banners outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei, where she was expected to stay.
According to Reuters, on Monday, August 1, the White House said it would not be intimidated by China’s threats, while it expected China-U.S. tensions to escalate.
After landing in Taipei, Pelosi announced that the visit to Taiwan “honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.”
She added that “Our visit is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday, August 2, that the visit was “stupid, dangerous, and an unnecessary gamble.”
At a regular briefing, She added that, “It is hard to imagine a more reckless and provocative move.”
Meanwhile, all eyes will turn to China to see its next move.