House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has injected identity politics into the controversy surrounding her visit to Taiwan, by claiming that China was angry over the trip because she is a woman.
China saw Pelosi’s visit as a challenge to its claims of sovereignty over Taiwan.
Pelosi arrived in Taiwan despite warnings by China that it would represent a violation of their sovereignty. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said: “Those who play with fire will not come to a good end and those who offend China will be punished.”
Summit news reports: Beijing responded to the visit by kicking off its biggest-ever military exercises in the seas around Taiwan.
However, during a press conference, the Speaker of the House suggested that the real reason China was mad was due to its internalized misogyny.
“They made a big fuss because I’m the Speaker, I guess. I don’t know if that was a reason or an excuse because they didn’t say anything when the men came,” said Pelosi.
Pelosi also emphasized how she was “the first woman Speaker of the House meeting the first woman President of Taiwan.”
Meanwhile, while Pelosi is bragging about her biological gender, China is ramping up its response to her visit.
Experts warn that Beijing’s biggest ever live-fire military drills around Taiwan could spiral into war.