House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Lands in Taipei, Taiwan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taiwan today. After landing, Pelosi became the highest-ranking elected U.S. official to visit the country in more than 25 years. Her trip to Taipei comes at a low point in U.S.-China relations and despite warnings from the Biden administration against a stop in Taiwan. Pelosi and the congressional delegation that accompanied her said that the visit “honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement after Pelosi landed, saying that her visit “gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for Taiwan independence.” The statement followed a Monday warning from China against the “egregious political impact” of Pelosi’s visit, saying that the Chinese military “won’t sit by idly” if Beijing believes its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is being threatened.