Taiwanese-American community in Bay Area reacts to President Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Triggering reactions ranging from praise to condemnation around the world, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday morning.

The Taiwanese-American community in the Bay Area reacted with a mixture of anticipation and angst to President Pelosi’s historic visit to the island nation.

“The United States has always given strong support to Taiwan,” said Steven Wang, who immigrated to the United States from Taiwan nearly 40 years ago.

Pelosi’s visit on his Asia trip comes in defiance of the Chinese government, which has vigorously opposed the Biden administration, warning it would damage relations with the United States.

“Will Taiwan be another Ukraine? Will the United States provide more military support or will it just sit idly by,” Wang said.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has enraged and galvanized many in the Taiwan-American community, underscoring the threat of military aggression and the limits of US and international support.

“She truly represents the American people. So her visit to Taiwan is highly symbolic,” said Victor Cheng.

Cheng thinks President Pelosi is walking a diplomatic tightrope. He hopes the trip will strengthen relations between the two democracies without further destabilizing the still dangerous relationship with China.

“I think his arrival despite the military threat gives people confidence,” he said.

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