House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has departed from her controversial trip to Taiwan, saying China cannot stop world leaders from visiting the island nation China claims as its own.
China fumes as Pelosi departs Taiwan
China cannot prevent world leaders from travelling to Taiwan, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi says after concluding a visit to the self-ruled island.
“Sadly, Taiwan has been prevented from participating in global meetings, most recently the World Health Organization, because of objections by the Chinese Communist Party,” Pelosi said in statement.
“While they may prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone from travelling to Taiwan to pay respect to its flourishing democracy, to highlight its many successes and to reaffirm our commitment to continued collaboration.”
China demonstrated its outrage over the highest-level US visit to the island in 25 years with a burst of military activity in surrounding waters, summoning the US ambassador in Beijing and halting several agricultural imports from Taiwan.