US House Speaker Pelosi did not enter Taiwan secretly using a submarine


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US House Speaker Pelosi did not enter Taiwan secretly using a submarine
United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan aboard a US military aircraft on August 2

Claim: United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi secretly entered Taiwan using a submarine. 

Rating: False 

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The bottom line: Pelosi landed in Taiwan aboard a US Air Force transport plane on Tuesday, August 2. She met Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, at his office on August 3 in Taipei. 

Why Pelosi visited Taiwan: 

  • In an official statement by Pelosi shortly after landing, she said the congressional visit was meant to “honor America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant Democracy.” 

Significance of the visit:

  • Pelosi is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. She received the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon, Taiwan’s highest civilian honor, from President Tsai Ing-wen. 
  • China’s leadership warned against the visit by Pelosi, who is also a vocal critic of Beijing and is next to the vice president in the succession to the US presidency. Chinese warplanes flew across the line dividing the Taiwan Strait on the day of her arrival.

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