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Nancy Pelosi talks to the leaders of Taiwan and asks for more cooperation between parliaments

In an address to Taiwan's parliament on Wednesday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made fun of China right in its own backyard. She did this by calling for 'peace' and the 'avoidance of conflict.'

China called the highest-level US visit to Taiwan in 25 years a threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. It was the highest-level visit in 25 years.

As a response, Beijing held a lot of military drills, called the US ambassador to the capital, and stopped importing food from Taiwan.

Pelosi told Taiwan's parliament, "We are coming as friends." "We come to bring peace to the region. We know how important peace and staying out of trouble are.

"And as for governance, we applaud Taiwan for being one of the freest societies in the world and for being able to solve the COVID problem, which is a health problem, a security problem, an economic problem, and a governance problem. We'd like to thank you for that."

People who know about the situation said that Pelosi was going to meet with a former Tiananmen activist, a Hong Kong bookseller who had been jailed by China, and a Taiwanese activist who had just been set free by China.

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - AUGUST 03: Speaker of the U.S. House Of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), attends a meeting at the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's house of parliament, with Tsai Chi-Chang, right, Vice President of the Legislative Yuan (not pictured) on August 03, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday as part of a tour of Asia aimed at reassuring allies in the region, as China made it clear that her visit to Taiwan would be seen in a negative light. (Photo by Central News Agency via Getty Images)
Pelosi’s tour has been aimed at reassuring allies in the region, but her visit to Taiwan has been shrouded in controversy.
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“I just go back to Tiananmen Square for a moment . . . and we were there specifically making the statement on human rights,” she said. “But our visit was about human rights, was about unfair trade practices, and it was about security issues of technology, dangerous technologies being transferred to rogue countries to countries of concern. So our — over the years, it’s always been about security, economy and governance.”

On Tuesday, the White House kept the speaker at a distance while both parties said the US is still committed to its "One China policy," which recognizes Beijing but lets Taipei have informal relations and defense ties.

John Kirby, a member of the National Security Council, said of Pelosi's words, "I'll let the speaker speak for herself." "Our position on Taiwan's independence hasn't changed. We still don't support Taiwan's independence.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan August 3, 2022.
Nancy Pelosi visits the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan on Aug.3.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office in Taipei, Taiwan August 3, 2022, in this screengrab taken from video. Taiwan Pool via REUTERS TV NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
Speaker Pelosi attended a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office during her visit.
August 2, 2022, Taipei, Taiwan: U.S. House Speaker NANCY PELOSI, center, (D-CA) and U.S. Rep GREGORY MEEKS, right, (D-NY) Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with the rest of her delegation, are welcomed by Taiwan Foreign Minister JOSEPH WU (left) at Taipei Songshan International Airport. Beijing has voiced serious objections over the visit. Pelosi is the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled island claimed by China. (Credit Image: © Taiwan Foreign Ministry via ZUMA Press Wire)
Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan has come under intense scrutiny.

”In a rare moment of bipartisan solidarity, 25 Republican senators joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in voicing their support for the trip Tuesday.

“I believe she has every right to go,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, “and it’s been unseemly and counterproductive for President Biden and his aides to have publicly sought to deter her from doing so.”

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