Nancy Pelosi flew to Taiwan: what you need to know about the speaker and why she challenges China
US-China relations may escalate./twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan. Earlier in China, they said that they would consider this visit a gross interference in the internal affairs of the country and an encroachment on its sovereignty and territorial integrity, so the army is ready and will act.
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Biography and education
Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro (married Pelosi) was born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in the family of Democrat Thomas d'Alesandro, Jr., who was a US Congressman from Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore. In addition, Nancy's brother was also mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971.
Although Pelosi was born in the US, she comes from an American Italian family. Nancy became the youngest in the large D'Alesandro family, who raised 6 children.
Nancy Pelosi has been interested in politics since childhood/Photo twitter.com/SpeakerPelosi
Nancy Pelosi graduated from the Notre Dame Institute (a Catholic school for girls ) and Trinity College (now Trinity University of Washington) in the District of Columbia in 1962 with a BA in political science.
To her future husband, Paul Fran Pelos and Nancy met at Trinity College. They married in Baltimore on September 7, 1963. Then the family moved to New York, and already in 1969 to San Francisco. They have five children: Nancy Korine, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul and Alexandra, and nine grandchildren.
From a young age, Nancy Pelosi was fond of politics and even attended the inaugural speech of John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Fully Nancy Pelosi entered politics under the banner of the Democratic Party. She was elected to the Democratic National Committee from California in 1976, the woman kept this post for 20 years. In 1977, she led the party in Northern California, and later became the leader of all California Democrats.
Pelosi has become one of the most influential women in the US/Photo by Instagram/speakerpelosi
In June 1987, she was elected to the US House of Representatives. Later, she headed this electoral body twice – in 2007 – 2011 and from 2019 to the present.
Nancy received the congresswoman seat in 1988, gaining 76.4%, and subsequently re-elected 10 more times . In the last constituency with a large advantage five times – gaining about 80% of the vote. However, she has not participated in the election debate since 1987.
On November 16, 2006, Nancy Pelosi was unanimously elected as the Democratic Speaker nominee, effectively becoming Speaker-elect. On January 3, 2007, Pelosi won the election for Speaker of the House of Representatives with 233 congressional votes to 202 votes for Republican candidate John Boehner.
In her first speech as Speaker, Nancy Pelosi emphasized the historic importance of a woman holding this position.
This is a historic moment, both for the Congress and for the women of our nation. By this moment we have been waiting for more than two hundred years. Never losing faith, we have gone through many years of struggle to achieve our rights. But the women did not just wait – they worked. Never losing faith, we have worked to fulfill the American promise that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and granddaughters, today we broke through the glass ceiling. For our daughters and granddaughters, the border is now only heaven, and for them everything is possible,” Pelosi said then.
Pelosi played a key role in the impeachment Trump/Photo by Instagram/speakerpelosi
Nancy Pelosi became the first woman in US history to be elected speaker of the lower house of Congress, as well as the highest-ranking woman in American history, holding the third most important position in the US – after the president and vice president.
Key to Donald Trump's impeachment
Relations between Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have always been tense. On social networks, the outrageous ex-president was not greedy for offensive remarks about Pelosi. But at first, the speaker of the House of Representatives did not support the idea of Trump's impeachment, naming the images that sounded from his lips to her “the usual hysteria of a person who does not know how to control his emotions” .
Pelosi called for the impeachment of Trump after his telephone conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky became public about Joseph Biden. According to Pelosi, the attempts of the head of the White House to put pressure on the president of Ukraine can be regarded as an appeal to a foreign state to organize new interference in the US elections.
Pelosi announced the start of the official impeachment process for the 45th president with the words: “We have no other choice” .
Pelosi also supports Ukraine/Photo by Instagram/speakerpelosi
Merits and views of Nancy Pelosi:
- spoke out against the increase in the US military contingent in Iraq, proposing to start a phased redeployment of troops and defining them as their main mission instead of combat training, logistics, to protect and counter terror;
- helped President Barack Obama implement massive healthcare reform, drafting a reform bill in a record two months and convincing the House of Representatives to support it;
- voted to maintain restrictions on travel of American citizens to Cuba until the president confirms that Cuba has released all political prisoners
- supported Israel in the war with Palestine. Before the elections in the Palestinian Authority in 2006, she voted for a resolution condemning the participation in the elections of Hamas and other organizations defined as terrorist by law;
- in 2008 she criticized the PRC for suppressing unrest in Tibet and called on all the “freedom-loving people of the world” to condemn China;
- spoke out against attempts to legally ban abortion, advocated a significant increase in gun control, in particular, for more thorough verification information about the past of people who want to acquire weapons;
- defends human civil liberties and protects the rights of representatives of the LGBT community, as well as children of illegal migrants in the United States.
and extradited persons accused in the United States of air piracy, drug trafficking and murder;
The conflict between the US and China has been brewing for a long time/Photo by Instagram/speakerpelosi
Why the conflict broke out
On July 29, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi flew to Asia on a series of working visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Earlier it was reported that the politician would not visit Taiwan, then information appeared that she could spend the night there or even transit.
But later, The Wall Street Journal, citing Taiwanese government sources, noted that Nancy Pelosi is likely to fly to Taiwan on Tuesday: plans to spend the night there and hold working meetings with local authorities on Wednesday.< /p>
In China, this was reacted quite sharply. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said they would consider this a gross interference in China's internal affairs, so the army would be put on full alert.
Nancy Pelosi was not afraid to challenge China/Photo by Instagram/speakerpelosi
The ruling Communist Party of China considers self-governing democratic Taiwan to be its territory, although it has never ruled over it. The PRC does not rule out using force to reunite the island with the Chinese mainland.
We would like to once again warn the United States that we are fully prepared and solemnly waiting. The People's Liberation Army will never sit idly by. As for what measures we will take, we will wait and see if she decides to make this visit, – said the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC Zhao Lijian.
Recall that military preparations for a possible clash have been going on for about a week. China conducted military exercises with firing near Taiwan. Taiwan, on the other hand, took to the skies its fighters and deployed air defense systems.
The United States also decided to additionally protect the speaker: the plane from Pelosi was escorted by the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and fighters. Also earlier, US National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said that the Joe Biden administration would support Nancy Pelosi if she did go to Taiwan.