U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ruffled a lot of feathers in the Chinese government by visiting Taiwan on her recent swing through Asia. While it has also stirred a bit of controversy at home, most Americans seem to support her visit to the independent nation.
The main source of controversy is that it could be seen as a break with the U.S.’s One China policy, which doesn’t officially recognize Taiwan as its own country. However, many high-ranking politicians have visited Taiwan in the past, so there is plenty of precedents.
Speaker Pelosi has caused controversy in China in the past. Many years ago, she unfurled a pro-democracy banner in China that was captured by American news cameras, despite the best efforts of the Chinese guards. This could be seen as her latest defense of democracy against tyranny.
Japan also hopes to get in on the action. Prime Minister Kishida wants to meet with Speaker Pelosi while she is in Asia. So a lot could still happen. In any case, we will see what, if any, consequences there are to Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.