TAIPEI (AFP, REUTERS) – Taiwan president’s Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday (Aug 3) thanked visiting US House speaker Nancy Pelosi for her concrete actions to support Taiwan at this critical moment and said the island will not back down in the face of heightened military threats.

The pair met in Taipei on Wednesday as part of Mrs Pelosi’s visit to the island which has drawn fierce criticism from China, and has prompted Beijing to announce a raft of military exercises and summon the US ambassador.

Ms Tsai also told Mrs Pelosi on Wednesday that she is one of Taiwan’s most devoted friends and thanked her for her unwavering support on the international stage.

Ms Tsai added that Taiwan is a reliable partner of the United States and will continue to work with the US to strengthen collaboration in security, economic development and supply chains.

Ms Tsai added that Taiwan is a reliable partner of the United States and will continue to work with the US to strengthen collaboration in security, economic development and supply chains.

Mrs Pelosi said that her visit to the island makes it unequivocally clear that the United States will not abandon Taiwan.

Now more than ever, America’s solidarity with Taiwan is crucial, she told Ms Tsai, adding that America’s determination to preserve democracy in Taiwan and the rest of the world remains iron-clad.

Mrs Pelosi said that her delegation had come to Taiwan in “peace for the region”.

“We come in friendship to Taiwan, we come in peace to the region,” she said during a meeting with Mr Tsai Chi-chang, the deputy speaker of Taiwan’s parliament.

Mrs Pelosi also said she wants to increase parliamentary exchanges with Taiwan.

Earlier, Mrs Pelosi also told the Taiwanese parliament on Wednesday that the US Chips Bill would offer a good opportunity for US-Taiwan cooperation in the chip industry.