Taipei: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday landed in Taiwan amid strong protests from China and termed the island as an ‘important partner in the Indo-Pacific region’.
“Our visit reiterates that America stands with Taiwan: a robust, vibrant democracy and our important partner in the Indo-Pacific,” Nancy Pelosi said in a tweet.
Shortly after her arrival, she took to twitter and wrote: “Our delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.”
“Our discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirms our support for our partner and promotes our shared interests, including advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” Pelosi further added.
This is the first high-level delegation visit from US to Taiwan in 25 years.
Notably, she is leading a Congressional delegation to Taiwan.
Meanwhile, China strongly condemned her visit and said it ‘severely undermines China-US relations’.
“Visit to Taiwan by Speaker #Pelosi would constitute a gross interference in China’s internal affairs, greatly threaten peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, severely undermine China-US relations and lead to a very serious situation and grave consequences,” said the Chinese foreign ministry.
However, the US House Speaker maintained that her visit does not contradict longstanding United States policy.
“Our visit is one of several Congressional delegations to Taiwan – and it in no way contradicts longstanding United States policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, U.S.-China Joint Communiques and the Six Assurances,” she said in a Tweet.