House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: U.S.-Taiwan Trade Agreement “Possible and Soon”

Taipei 101 from Elephant Mountain

On August 2, 2022, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan with a congressional delegation. This made her the first sitting U.S. House Speaker to visit Taiwan since 1997. During a joint press conference following a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Speaker Pelosi said that a U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement might be “possible and soon.”

“In our bilateral meeting, we discussed key opportunities to deepen our partnership: upholding democracy and human rights and respect the individual, combating – well, I’ll get around to combat. 

Three areas that I just mentioned – security, economy, governance.  Security: our relationship is a strong one.  And we discussed how we can make it stronger and up to date.  Our economy: we talked about a trade agreement that might be possible and soon.  And in governance: that, among other things, and in governance, I want to salute Taiwan for the leadership you have had in fighting COVID.  Probably one of the highest rates of vaccination, but also the lowest number of deaths from COVID.  A real model for the world.  It’s about science, but it’s also about community acceptance of a plan.  And that is called leadership.  So thank you for that lesson to all of us.”

– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The US-Taiwan Bilateral Trade Agreement Coalition welcomes these comments of support for a trade agreement with Taiwan from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Support for Taiwan

House Speaker Pelosi traveled to Taiwan as the head of a Congressional Delegation on a tour of the Indo-Pacific. Delegation members were:

  • Chairman Gregory Meeks, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Chairman Mark Takano, Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
  • Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Vice Chair, House Ways and Means Committee
  • Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform 
  • Congressman Andy Kim, Member of the House Armed Services Committee; Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

In a previous statement on this Congressional Delegation visit to Taiwan, Speaker Pelosi said, “Our Congressional delegation’s visit should be seen as a strong statement that America stands with Taiwan.  We came to Taiwan to listen to, learn from and show our support for the people of Taiwan, who have built a thriving Democracy that stands as one of the freest and most open in the world.

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