Nancy Pelosi meets Taiwan’s President as China responds with flurry of military exercises — as it happened

Per the Associated Press, the US House Speaker has a history of showing her support for embattled democracy movements.

In 1991, Ms Pelosi visited Tiananmen Square where she unrolled a small banner supporting democracy along with other lawmakers, with Chinese security officers trying to put a stop to it.

Chinese forces had crushed a homegrown democracy movement at the same spot two years earlier.

Ms Pelosi is positioning her Taiwan trip as part of a broader mission when “the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy”, and this trip in particular is a capstone to her years of promoting democracy abroad.

In an opinion piece published by The Washington Post on her arrival to Taiwan, she said “we must stand by Taiwan”, and cited the commitment that the US made to a democratic Taiwan under a 1979 law.

“It is essential that America and our allies make clear that we never give into autocrats,” she wrote.