House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday evening for the highest-level visit by a U.S. official to the self-governing island in decades.
Pelosi met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, pledging to protect Taiwan against aggression. In an apparent subtle dig at China, the House speaker also met with human rights activists at the National Human Rights Museum in Taipei. She and her delegation left less than 24 hours after arriving in Taiwan.
Pelosi’s visit drew Chinese ire, as China’s claims over Taiwan form a fundamental part of the ruling Communist Party’s ideology.
While support for Taiwan has been an important rallying cry in Washington, senior U.S. officials have rarely — if ever — visited. The last high-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan was then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in 1997.
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