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Pelosi Hints Gender Is Real Reason China Is Mad at Taiwan Trip

  • US Speaker says male senators have visited without “big fuss”
  • American calls trip a moment of “pride” for women’s leadership
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Pelosi: US Will Not Abandon Taiwan

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted she’d attracted China’s ire not for becoming the highest ranking US official to visit Taiwan in a quarter century, but because she’s a woman.

At an event with President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on Wednesday, Pelosi noted that several US senators, including the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Bob Menendez, had visited the self-ruled island China claims as its territory this year without drawing a firestorm of criticism from Beijing.