However, Pelosi defended her visit to Taiwan, saying it “honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.”
“Our discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirm our support for our partner & promote our shared interests, including advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region,” Pelosi said in a tweet.
She expanded on her stance in a Washington Post op-ed, writing that her visit “should be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom.”
“Indeed, we take this trip at a time when the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy,” Pelosi wrote. “As Russia wages its premeditated, illegal war against Ukraine, killing thousands of innocents — even children — it is essential that America and our allies make clear that we never give in to autocrats.”