Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan amid US-China tensions

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi speaks at her weekly press conference in Washington, D.C. on January 31, 2019.
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi speaks at her weekly press conference in Washington, D.C. on January 31, 2019. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Nancy Pelosi, a longtime critic of the Chinese Communist Party, reiterated on Tuesday that the US must support Taiwan as the island faces growing threats from Beijing.

Pelosi originally planned to visit the island in April before she tested positive for the coronavirus. COVID-19.

She has also previously condemned Beijing’s reputation for human rights, as well as pro-democracy dissidents and Dalai Lama is an exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who remains a thorn in the side of the Chinese government.

In 1991, Pelosi unfurled a banner in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to honor the victims of the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy protesters. Most recently, she has spoken out in support of the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Pelosi’s political term: The California Democrat comes from a political family; her father was mayor of Baltimore and represented the city in Congress for five terms, according to Pelosi’s official biography in the House of Representatives. Her brother was also the mayor of Baltimore.

Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987 and elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007 under the Bush administration. She is now in her fourth term as speaker.

She is the third senior official in the US government and the most senior person to visit Taiwan in 25 years since former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich traveled in 1997.