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Nancy Pelosi (C) with a Taiwanese delegation (Photo credit: Twitter/@SpeakerPelosi)
What purpose Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit serves is best known to American war hawks. Even within the geopolitical schema, Taiwan is such a far-off land, it beggars belief why America would bother itself with its machinations- especially the long-standing tensions with China. Undeniably, Taiwan has cornered the semi-conductor, but their supplies are readily available to American companies, striking it off as a plausible cause. But given her long history of China-hating (more precisely, her distrust of the Chinese Communist Party) and the bad blood the US and China share, I guess that this it’s a move to antagonize the Chinese, to lull them into a conflict over Taiwan.
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In a statement released by Pelosi, the US House Speaker couldn’t help herself from directing barbs at the CCP, blaming the party for Taiwan’s supposed global isolation:
“Sadly, Taiwan has been prevented from participating in global meetings, most recently the World Health Organization, because of objections by the Chinese Communist Party,”
Displaying typical American belligerence, she warned that China couldn’t keep the world’s leaders from visiting its shores:
“While they may prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone from traveling to Taiwan to pay respect to its flourishing Democracy, to highlight its many successes and to reaffirm our commitment to continued collaboration.”
The rest of the statement reads as:
“During our visit, our delegation had the privilege of holding two bilateral meetings with the very impressive President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. We also had an interparliamentary meeting with Vice President of the Legislative Yuan Tsai Chi-chang and leaders of other parties in the Parliament. Our meetings were very positive and productive.”
Together with former political prisoners our delegation visited the Nat’l Human Rights Museum: a tribute to heroes who suffered & fought for Taiwan’s Democracy. Then we heard from civil society leaders on human rights. We came to listen & learn; we left inspired by their courage. pic.twitter.com/dsKa02n0Ka
“In the community, it was very inspiring for us to meet with advocates for human rights in China at the National Museum of Human Rights. While in Taipei, it was my humble honor to receive the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon, which I treasure as an enduring symbol of friendship between America and Taiwan. As I said upon receiving the award, our partnership remains unwavering, and support in the Congress – House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans – remains ironclad.”
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“This visit is part of our broader travels in the Indo-Pacific, focused on security, prosperity and governance – on which Taiwan is a global leader. America’s solidarity with the people of Taiwan is more important today than ever, as we continue to support the defense of democracy against autocracy in the region and in the world.”
Pelosi’s visit hasn’t been welcomed by all on the island, with a significant group gathering to protest her arrival, while labelling President Tsai Ing-wen.
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