U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan at Songshan airport late last night. She tweeted shortly after her arrival that the visit honoured the U.S.'s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan's vibrant democracy. This morning she met with President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential palace. Tsai thanked her for her longstanding support for Taiwan while Pelosi praised Taiwan as an island of resilience in her speech and emphasized that the U.S. would not betray its promises on Taiwan.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late Tuesday and visited the Legislative Yuan early Wednesday morning. Pelosi and her delegation then went to the presidential palace at 10:36 a.m. to meet President Tsai Ing-wen. Pelosi praised Taiwan as an island of resilience in her speech and emphasized that the U.S. would not betray its promises on Taiwan.
Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representatives Speaker: “Taiwan has been an island of resilience in the world. Indeed, the people of Taiwan have proven to the world that with hope, courage and determination it is possible to build a peaceful and prosperous future, even in terms of the challenges you face. And now more than ever, America's solidarity with Taiwan is crucial. And that is the message we are bringing here today.”
President Tsai Ing-wen awarded Pelosi the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Cordon, thanking Pelosi for her longstanding support for Taiwan and her contributions to strengthening U.S.-Taiwan exchanges and communication. Tsai Ing-wen said that she deeply respects Pelosi's longtime defense of democracy and freedom and safeguarding human rights values. Tsai also said she is grateful for Pelosi to visit during this critical time and to showcase the support for Taiwan.
Tsai Ing-wen, ROC President: “I must once again thank Speaker Pelosi and everyone presents here, to take such affirmative action to support Taiwan and to express U.S.' unchanged policy supporting Taiwan's self-defense in such a critical time.”
Tsai Ing-wen made three key principles in her statement, emphasizing that Taiwan will not back down and will firmly uphold the country's sovereignty, maintaining the line of defense for democracy. After the official meeting, President Tsai Ing-wen prepared lunch at the Taipei Guest House for the delegation, during which the parties will continue to exchange opinions regarding Taiwan-U.S. cooperation.