Why a poised Taiwan welcomed Pelosi

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“Social media in Taiwan (as vibrant and playful as the island nation’s democracy) was in full swing for the controversial visit by Nancy Pelosi this week. One widely popular meme depicted the U.S. House speaker as a goddess from Taoist fairy tales. The meme’s point: The Taiwanese may share a cultural heritage with China, yet their collective identity is firmly grounded in the global family of democracies. Taiwan’s growing national consciousness around shared civic values is what really worries China’s autocratic leaders, more so than a visit by Ms. Pelosi. In Beijing, the symbolism of the visit in signaling Taiwan’s independence may weaken Chinese leader Xi Jinping. He is bidding to stay in power and someday unite the island with the mainland.” (08/02/22)