Pelosi’s planned visit to Taiwan underscores his long history of protesting China’s democratic record

WASHINGTON — If U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi goes ahead with her potential trip to Taiwan, which multiple media outlets have reported she is planning to do, it won’t be her first risky trip and media coverage during his long tenure in politics.

The veteran politician was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1987 and represents California’s 12th congressional district, a solidly Democratic constituency.

She was first elected to the presidency in 2007, becoming the first woman to hold the position, which she lost in 2011 when the Republican Party took control of the House.

She was elected president again in 2019, when the Democratic Party took control of the House, and has remained in office ever since.

Ms Pelosi, 82, has a long-standing reputation as a critic of China and has repeatedly criticized the country’s human rights record.

She has spoken out on issues ranging from the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown to the Chinese government‘s treatment of Uighur Muslims, most recently calling for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In 1991, while traveling to Beijing with a congressional delegation, Ms. Pelosi and two of her colleagues escaped from their official escorts to Tiananmen Square.

There, the trio of lawmakers unfurled a black banner with the words “To those who died for democracy in China” written in white ink in Chinese and English, which a Chinese activist had given them during their previous step in Hong Kong.

The three lawmakers also wore a white cloth rose in protest, before being confronted by Chinese officials.

In 2015, during the Obama administration, Pelosi paid a rare visit to Lhasa, Tibet, during a trip by a high-level congressional delegation to China. Two years later, in 2017, she met the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in India, where he has lived since fleeing Tibet in 1959 amid a Chinese crackdown there.

In May this year, Ms. Pelosi made an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, becoming the first American leader to meet the country’s President, Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky, since the start of Ukraine’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia.

So far, Ms Pelosi has not confirmed a Taiwanese leg of her ongoing Asia trip due to security concerns, but it is widely expected to go ahead. Several media reported Tuesday that she should arrive Tuesday evening.

As president, a position that puts her second in line to the presidency after vice president, Pelosi would be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in 25 years, since the former Republican President Newt Gingrich visited there in 1997.