House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) arrived in Taiwan Tuesday morning, even after stark warnings from China and concern from the White House that her visit could trigger a massive crisis for Taiwan and U.S.- China relations. Pelosi is the highest-ranking U.S. elected official to visit the self-ruled island since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997.
Pelosi said in a statement on Twitter that the delegation's visit "honors America's unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan's vibrant democracy." The congressional delegation accompanying Pelosi reportedly includes Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs; Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA); Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL); and Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ).
On "The News & Why It Matters," BlazeTV host Sara Gonzales, along with guests John Doyle and Alex Stein discussed Pelosi's visit to Taiwan and wondered if the California Democrat is about to spark a fourth "Taiwan Strait" crisis between the United States and China like what we last saw happen in 1996.
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