‘Deeply grateful’: Taiwanese legal expert applauds Pelosi’s ‘welcome expression of solidarity’

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When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on Tuesday, August 2 and expressed her solidarity with the Taiwanese people, the government in the People’s Republic of China wasn’t the least bit happy about it. Chinese Communist Party officials in Beijing are furious, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry has responded to Pelosi’s visit with punitive measures that include suspending climate change talks and canceling naval meetings.

But one person who is glad that Pelosi visited Taiwan is Taiwan native Yu-Jie Chen, who expresses her gratitude in an op-ed/guest essay published by the New York Times on August 5.

“Taiwan’s people have lived for decades under Chinese rhetorical threats to absorb the island,” explains Chen, a research professor at the Law Institute of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. “And as our huge communist-ruled neighbor has developed into a military power, those threats now have teeth — which China has repeatedly bared in recent years through military exercises and violations of our air space in an escalating bullying campaign. We are bracing for more pressure now after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s whirlwind visit to Taipei.”

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Chen continues, “China often reacts furiously when any U.S. official visits Taiwan, but this time feels different. Beijing has a special loathing for Ms. Pelosi because of her frequent criticism of the Chinese Communist Party’s political repression and human rights violations, and President Xi Jinping of China, in a call with President Biden, had earlier warned the United States not to intervene in Taiwan.”

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