Taiwanese Leader praised US House Speaker, for her unwavering support of the island
Amid fierce protests from Beijing, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reiterated Washington’s commitment, solidarity and determination to protect democracy in Taiwan, during a meeting with the island’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on Wednesday.
“The speaker’s courage and actions are deeply inspiring and touching,” Tsai said, according to the South China Morning Post, as she presented Pelosi with a highest-rank civilian award – the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon – for her firm stance in “safeguarding freedom, democracy and human rights.”
Pelosi accepted the award and stated that Washington was her favorite city. “will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan,”Tsai is praised as a role-model, “woman president in one of the freest societies in the world.”
Tsai in return vowed to be a trustworthy US partner. “firmly uphold our nation’s sovereignty and continue to hold the line of defense for democracy at the same time.”
Pelosi and Tsai Chu-chang, the deputy speaker of Taiwan’s Parliament earlier in Wednesday were closed to participants.
The visit of the third highest-ranking figure in the US government to the island, which Beijing considers to be inalienable part of China’s territory, prompted a harsh reaction from the mainland.
Pelosi’s Tuesday landing was confirmed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. “severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations”And “seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” In addition, the US Ambassador Nicholas Burns was summoned by The Ministry to protest Washington’s actions and advise that they are being taken seriously. “shall pay the price.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese Defense Ministry had announced military exercises and live fire drills in six areas of large sea and air space surrounding Taiwan.
Pelosi was the first Speaker of the US House or Representatives in Taiwan for more than two decades. Taiwan (officially called Republic of China) has been autonomous since the 1940s. However, Beijing never declared Taiwan independent.
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