United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the Taiwanese Parliament on Aug. 3 in her first public remarks during a visit to the island.
At a bilateral meeting, Pelosi said that she and her delegation had come to Taiwan in “peace for the region” and praised the island “for being one of the freest societies in the world.”
“We look forward to our conversation about how we can work together, learning from you and sharing some thoughts ourselves on how to protect the planet from the climate crisis. How to accelerate and learn from you – how you address the COVID crisis, how we advance respect for all of the people in our countries as we go forward,” Pelosi said.
“And again, we come in friendship. We thank you for your leadership. We want the world to recognize that,” Pelosi added.
Tsai Chi-chang, the deputy speaker of Taiwan’s Parliament, thanked Pelosi for the visit and for providing “rock-solid support.”
Tsai said that the visit represents “the strongest defense and consolidation of the value of democracy and freedom.”
Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.
Pelosi landed in Taiwan late on Aug. 2 despite a series of increasingly stark warnings and threats from China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.
In a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned Pelosi’s visit, calling it “a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués.”
“It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence,'” the Chinese Foreign Ministry added.
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