U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went to Asia even though Biden was against the trip, and she went toe to toe with China in her support of Taiwan.
Pelosi said that she and other members of Congress showed that they will not abandon their commitment to the self-governing island of Taiwan.
The Speaker is the first in that office to visit the island in more than 25 years. And Beijing was not happy about the trip. There was more than a week of debate over whether it was a good idea when the trip was announced.
On the island, the Speaker remained defiant.
While meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Pelosi gave a short speech.
“Today the world faces a choice between democracy and autocracy. America’s determination to preserve democracy, here in Taiwan and around the world, remains ironclad.”
China claims Taiwan as its territory and is in opposition to any engagement by Taiwanese officials with foreign governments. They announced multiple military exercises around the island and China issued a series of angry statements when Pelosi’s delegation was on the ground Tuesday night in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
“Such an act equals to sealing off Taiwan by air and sea … and severely violates our country’s territorial sovereignty,” said Capt. Jian-chang Yu said at the National Defense Ministry’s media briefing Wednesday morning.
China will set off military exercises that include live fire on Thursday. It will be the largest aimed at Taiwan since 1995. That year they fired missiles in a large-scale exercise to show their contempt at a visit by the Taiwanese president to the United State.
Arthur Zhen-Sheng Wang is a defense studies expert at Taiwan’s Central Police University. He said three of the areas infringe on Taiwanese waters, meaning they are within 12 nautical miles of the island’s shore.
Wang indicated that China’s plan to use live fire that is close to the shoreline could be seen as an act of war according to international rules of engagement.
Pelosi noted that support for Taiwan is from Democrats and Republicans in America and she praised the Island’s commitment to democracy.
She did not say that the United States would defend Taiwan if China engages in military action.
Nancy even makes waves across the oceans.