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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen for a meeting and awards ceremony on Wednesday morning while visiting the country, which China strongly condemned.
During his speech at the president’s office in Taipei Pelosi turned US-Taiwan relations, a point of contention for the Chinese government.
“Today, our delegation, which I am very proud of, came to Taiwan to make it clear that we will not give up on our commitment to Taiwan, and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” she said at the Wednesday morning ceremony.
“America has made a firm commitment to always support Taiwan,” Pelosi added, referring to the Taiwan Relations Act. “And on this solid foundation, we have built a prosperous partnership based on our shared values of self-government and self-determination, focused on our mutual security interests in the region and around the world, committed to economic ties that strength, prosperity to all our people.”
Bye The United States officially recognizes Pelosi said the United States supports the country’s pursuit of freedom in the one-China policy, according to which Taiwan is part of China’s territory.
During the meeting, Pelosi was presented with the Order of Auspicious Clouds with a special Grand Cordon award, Taiwan’s highest civilian honor. It is a symbol of America’s commitment and friendship with Taiwan.
“Thank you, Madam President,” Pelosi said. “I accept this award with great, immeasurable admiration for your leadership and great personal humility.”
Pelosi repeatedly praised Tsai Ing-wen for becoming the first female president in Taiwan’s history and said that Congress was unanimous in its decision to support Taiwan.
“I accept this not only for myself, but also for us members of Congress who played such an important role in everything you said about our joint achievements, Democrats and Republicans, the House of Representatives and the Senate, both sides of the aisle are united in our support for Taiwan, she said. “This time I am so happy to receive this award. on behalf of the United States Congress, which has just [as] unshakable [in their support]”.
She added, “I look forward to displaying this award in the speaker’s office.”
Before her speech, the two leaders bumped their elbows, and during the meeting, both were wearing masks.
“We are proud to be here,” Pelosi continued, speaking on behalf of the Democratic Party delegation visiting the country.
“Taiwan’s history inspires all freedom-loving people in United States and all over the world. From the crucible of trials, you have created a thriving democracy, one of the freest in the world, proudly led by a woman president,” she added.
Pelosi said her visit to Taiwan highlighted the United States’ support for the country’s future.
“The people of Taiwan have truly proved to the world that with hope, courage and determination, a peaceful and prosperous future can be built, even with the challenges you face. And now more than ever, America’s solidarity with Taiwan is critical. And that is the message we carry today,” she said.
Pelosi added: “Today the world is faced with a choice between democracy and autocracy. America’s resolve to preserve democracy here in Taiwan and around the world remains unwavering. And we are grateful to the people of Taiwan for partnering in this mission.”
The meeting comes amid escalating tensions with China and strong condemnation of the visit by the Chinese government.
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned President Joe Biden in a phone call on Thursday that the US should not “play with fire” regarding its activities and communications with Taiwan.
“Those who play with fire will die from it. It is hoped that the US will be prescient about this,” the Chinese text of the Biden-Xi phone call says.
Pelosi’s meeting with Taiwan’s president came just days after Taiwan was hit by cyberattacks and Taiwan’s defense ministry accused China of violating international law and Taiwan’s sovereignty.
China has also announced live-fire military exercises in various areas around Taiwan.
In response, the US sent several warships from Singapore to waters near Taiwan in what the military says is standard military drill.
Navy sent the USS Ronald Reagan, the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam, and the destroyer USS Higgins to the Philippine Sea, east of Taiwan.
During Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, she also met with Taiwanese lawmakers and visited the Legislative Yuan, the Taiwanese parliament’s chamber.
At the meeting, Pelosi was joined by a delegation of Democratic members of Congress, including representatives. Gregory Meeks from New York, Mark Takano from California, Susan DelBene from Washington, Raja Krishnamurti from Illinois and Andy Kim from New Jersey.
Timothy Nerozzi of Fox News contributed to this report.