(PresidentialInsider.com)- During her Wednesday news conference, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi highlighted the cultural and ethnic diversity of the congressional group that visited East Asia in early August.
Pelosi recently led a six-person congressional delegation on a trip to Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. Despite concerns from the Biden administration, the expedition received plaudits from all sides of the political aisle.
During her news conference, the speaker said that while the delegation primarily concentrated on military security and economics, she paid particular attention to the cultural interchange between the United States and the nations she visited. Gregory Meeks of New York, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Mark Takano of California, Andy Kim of New Jersey, Suzan DelBene of Washington, and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois were among the other participants in the trip.
In addition, Pelosi said they paid tribute to some of the cultural features of their nation that they were so proud of in Singapore and all of the countries. She said that “perhaps we’ll delve into that.”
Pelosi said it’s the “beautiful diversity of our trip.” She asked that everyone consider the stunning diversity, which is self-evident– Mr. Takano, a Japanese-American, and Mr. Krishnamoorthi, an Indian-born man. Korean-born parents of Andy Kim.
“So the respect for culture, country, and differing views, so eminent for all of us on the committee, but some of it directly connected in that way,” she continued.
Pelosi has been interested in international policy since she first joined the House of Representatives, focusing on China. She was one of three activists taken into custody by Chinese authorities in Tiananmen Square in 1991 for displaying a banner honoring those who lost their lives defending democracy in China.
“Our inter-parliamentary sessions were crucial to demonstrating to Congress that we understand their importance in advancing the conversation. We went with humility and respect, listening, understanding their opinions regarding the president’s proposal, and sharing our viewpoints with candor and respect. In that sense, it was really productive,” she continued.
Following her journey to Taiwan, Pelosi and her family received sanctions from China.
Additionally, China entered Taiwanese airspace with dozens of aircraft and entered its seas with 13 ships.