Pelosi visit reassures people of Taiwan: expert

STORY: Sung, a political scientist at the Australian National University, said the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine had caused concerns among some Taiwanese people for their security.

"Maybe it could be a situation of Ukraine today, Taiwan tomorrow," Sung said. "And so the fact that Pelosi does visit, especially after facing so much pushback and military threat, from Beijing, the fact that she still visits and defies Chinese pressure, I think right now is giving the Taiwanese a lot of reason for faith that the U.S. will similarly show a steadfast commitment to Taiwan’s security."

Pelosi arrived in Taipei late on Tuesday (August 2) on an unannounced but closely watched trip, which has drawn condemnation and vows of retaliation from Beijing. Representatives of the Chinese foreign ministry have previously warned that Pelosi's visit would be seen as "a gross interference in China's internal affairs."