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‘We are truly led by imbeciles’: Nancy Pelosi slammed for ‘connection’ with China comment

  • Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for her “connection” with China comment that was said during a speech in Tokyo on Friday.
  • “When I was a little girl, I was told at the beach if I dug a hole deep enough, we would reach China, so we've always felt a connection there," Pelosi said.
  • Her comment ignited criticism on Twitter, with one user writing, “We are truly led by imbeciles.”
  • “Did Nancy Pelosi actually dig all the way from her home to China? Because I would totally get the connection she feels then,” another user tweeted.
  • Pelosi led a Congressional delegation consisting of Chairperson Gregory Meeks (D, NY-5), Chairperson Mark Takano (D, CA-41), Congressional representative Suzan DelBene (D, WA-1), Congressional representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL-8) and Congressional representative Andy Kim (D, NJ-3).
  • The delegation visited Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan with a stopover in Taiwan on Tuesday, a move condemned by China months before the planned Asia trip.

Twitter users slammed U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) for saying she has always felt a “connection” with China.

During a speech on Friday in Tokyo, the last stop of Pelosi’s recent visit to Asia, Pelosi recalled a childhood memory about China.

Repercussions of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan felt around the world as countries and companies stay on their toes

  • The repercussions of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) controversial and highly publicized visit to Taiwan on Tuesday are being felt by countries and companies throughout the world.
  • Although the House speaker’s trip to Taiwan lasted less than a day, it evoked strong reactions from countries around the world who understood the geopolitical impact of having one of America’s highest-ranking officials visit the island.
  • On Friday, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China released a statement announcing sanctions on House Speaker Pelosi.
  • China also announced that the country would be halting dialogue with the U.S. in several areas, including between theater-level military commanders and regarding the climate crisis.
  • On Friday, tech giant Apple told its suppliers to strictly abide by Chinese customs regulations that parts from Taiwan be labeled as being made from either in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei.”
  • Japan has also been on high alert, after five Chinese ballistic missiles landed in the waters near Japan’s southwestern islands on Thursday.

The repercussions of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) controversial and highly publicized visit to Taiwan on Tuesday are being felt by countries and companies throughout the world as tensions rise amid the prospect of a world war. 

China issued multiple warnings during the weeks leading up to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which the communist country strongly condemned. 

Chinese nationalists accuse Taiwanese singer of being ‘pro-Taiwan independence’ due to photo of her eating spaghetti

  • Taiwanese singer Hebe Tien of girl group S.H.E., received a flood of backlash from Chinese netizens who accused her of being pro-Taiwan independence after she posted a photo of herself eating spaghetti.
  • Tien posted the image on her Instagram story on Aug. 2, the same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrived in Taiwan, a trip China had strongly spoken out against in recent months.
  • Due to the nature of the timing, Chinese nationalists were convinced that Tien’s decision to eat spaghetti, an Italian dish, was a display of support for Pelosi’s visit to the island, linking the pasta to Pelosi’s Italian heritage.
  • Multiple users commented on Tien’s latest Weibo post with screenshots of her Instagram story — which has since been deleted — of her eating spaghetti, with captions demanding that she “explain” herself.
  • Others reacted more aggressively, with some calling her “two-faced” and at least one user stating they have “wasted the years liking her.”

Taiwanese singer Hebe Tien received a flood of backlash from Chinese netizens who accused her of being pro-Taiwan independence after posting a photo of herself eating spaghetti, connecting it to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Italian heritage.

Tien, who rose to fame as a member of the girl group S.H.E., posted the image on her Instagram story on Aug. 2, the same day Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, a trip China had strongly spoken out against in recent months.

House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan lasted less than day but will have long-term impact

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) controversial visit to Taiwan lasted less than a day but was not without consequences, as it is expected to continue evoking strong reactions from China long after her trip.
  • During a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, the House speaker was awarded the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon, which Pelosi described as “a symbol of America’s strong and enduring friendship with Taiwan.”
  • “Taiwan has been an island of resilience,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Now more than ever, America’s solidarity with Taiwan is crucial, and that is the message we’re bringing here today.”
  • China responded on Wednesday by launching an unprecedented number of planes across the median line of the Taiwan Strait.
  • Pelosi also claimed during her meeting with Tsai that she was not sure why China made such a “big fuss” about her trip, adding that the communist country did not say anything “when the men came.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) controversial visit to Taiwan lasted less than a day but was not without consequences, as it is expected to continue eliciting strong reactions from China long after her trip. 

During a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday at the presidential office in Taipei, the House speaker was awarded the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon, which Pelosi described as “a symbol of America’s strong and enduring friendship with Taiwan.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan; China suspends imports and deploys warships to Strait

  • Despite strong threats of retaliation from China over recent months, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally landed in Taiwan on Tuesday, declaring America’s “unwavering commitment” to democracy.
  • Her arrival in Taiwan makes her the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the island in 25 years, the last being former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997.
  • Upon landing, the House speaker said in a brief statement: “Our Congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.”
  • Taiwan’s largest and most iconic building, Taipei 101, also flashed various signs of welcome near its top floors, including “Thank you,” “TW [heart] US,” “Speaker Pelosi” and “Welcome to TW.”
  • Upon confirmation of Pelosi’s visit, China immediately suspended imports from 35 Taiwanese exporters and deployed warplanes and warships near the median of the Taiwan Strait.

Despite strong threats of retaliation from China over recent months, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally landed in Taiwan, declaring America’s “unwavering commitment” to democracy.

Dressed in a pink pantsuit, white heels and her signature pearls, Pelosi got off the plane from Malaysia on Tuesday. 

Nancy Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan on Asia trip despite China’s threats

  • U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi excluded Taiwan when she announced on Sunday that she will visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan for her Asia trip.
  • President Joe Biden and other administration officials had earlier warned against her visit due to concerns about China's potential response.
  • Taiwanese officials are still expecting Pelosi to stay in Taiwan overnight without specifying her exact time of arrival in Taipei.
  • Pelosi’s trip began on Monday with a visit to Singapore. There, she met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President Halimah Yacob and other Cabinet members.

Taiwanese officials are still expecting the arrival of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, even after she noticeably left the nation out of her Asia trip itinerary

On Sunday, Pelosi announced that she will visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan to discuss trade, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, security and “democratic governance,” among other issues. 

Taiwan conducts air defense drills amid China’s threats against Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit

  • Taiwan conducted air raid drills and ground activities on Monday amid China’s warnings against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s scheduled visit to the island.
  • Pelosi is set to visit Taiwan next month to show support for the country amid growing pressure from China.
  • President Joe Biden warned against Pelosi’s planned trip, citing the U.S. military’s assessment.
  • China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called it a “malicious provocation.”
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijiang similarly condemned the visit, saying that it would "severely undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely impact the foundation of China-U.S. relations and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces."

Taiwan conducted air raid drills and mobilized its military for routine defense exercises on Monday amid China’s repeated warnings against the impending visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next month.

Pelosi is leading a delegation in August to show support for Taiwan, marking the first trip by a speaker of the US House of Representatives to the self-governing island in 25 years.