Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit: Credit Where Due, Is There More to It, or Both?

Faced with opposition from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and from the Biden administration, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed “in Taiwan at about 10:45 am EST.” Does she deserve credit where credit is due? Perhaps. But Americans are so accustomed to Pelosi doing the wrong thing they don’t trust her.

Still, she has what appears to be a legitimate history as a “China hawk.” Politico recently reported that in 1991, “When Chinese officials chased Nancy Pelosi out of Tiananmen Square 31 years ago, the incident launched a surprising foreign policy approach that has pitted her against presidents of both parties and at times aligned her with conservatives.”

They added Pelosi has spent a career challenging Beijing over the CCP’s atrocious human rights and damaging economic behavior. Politico concludes, “the speaker wants to cap it [her career] off with a visit to Taiwan—whether Joe Biden likes it or not… bookend[ing] her career….”

She’s also expressed her support for Taiwan over the years. Perhaps, Americans can be magnanimous and give Pelosi the benefit of the doubt because, regardless of her motivations, not canceling the visit is most likely good for the United States. The U.S. House Speaker backing down in the face of Chinese military threats would have further weakened our nation.

Third in line for the presidency, according to FOX News, “Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan since 1997,” when then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich made the trip. Pelosi added the de facto independent nation to her “extensive tour of multiple allied nations in Asia….”

So, even though there may be a part of Pelosi that genuinely dislikes China and which has an affinity for Taiwan, there are reasons for suspicion. For Example, her husband had been heavily invested in an American/Taiwanese microchip company. According to Forbes, Paul Pelosi eventually sold his Nvidia stock at a loss. But the initial transaction occurred under suspicion of having gotten “insider information” from his wife.

Again, people can debate whether Pelosi should have even made a visit at this time. But having said she would go, the U.S won’t have to suffer the humiliation of having backed down to Chinese communist tyrants.

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