Despite China’s warnings, US Speaker Pelosi arrives Taiwan
August 3, 2022
The United States House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has arrived in Taiwan, despite the serious warnings from China that have sent tensions between the world’s two superpowers.
The 82-year-old lawmaker, who flew in on a US military aircraft into Taipei’s Songshan Airport, was greeted by Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu, while landing.
Pelosi, second in line to the Presidency, is the highest-profile elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years and Beijing has made clear that it regards her presence as a major provocation, setting the region on edge.
Pelosi is currently on a tour of Asia and while neither she nor her office confirmed the Taipei visit, multiple US and Taiwanese media outlets reported it was on the cards – triggering days of building anger from Beijing.
Furthermore, the People’s Liberation Army says it is on “high alert” and will “launch a series of targeted military actions in response” to the visit.