House Speaker Pelosi pledges US will not abandon Taiwan amid threats from China

Pelosi visited Taiwan in her overseas trip despite warnings from China about the trip's potential consequences and Biden administration's nonsupport

Updated: August 3, 2022 - 8:18am

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday the U.S. will not abandon Taiwan despite threats from China, after she visited the island this week with other top-ranking congressional Democrats.

Pelosi in her trip became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in more than 25 years, amid warnings from China that it would setback U.S.-China relations and Pentagon says the United States does "not support Taiwan independence" from China. 

The speaker tweeted that she discussed during a meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen"how America & Taiwan can deepen our economic ties, further strengthen our security partnership & defend our shared democratic values."

She also said in the post: "America remains unwavering in our commitment to the people of Taiwan – now & for decades to come."

China claims Taiwan is part of its territory and opposes any international involvement with the island.

"This once again proves that some U.S. politicians have become 'troublemakers' in Sino-US relations, and the U.S. has become the 'biggest destroyer' of peace and regional stability in the Taiwan Strait," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a translated statement.

He also suggested called Pelosi's efforts "completely futile" and said they will "inevitably lead to bloodshed."

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