It was updated on August 3, 2022, 07:32am.

Nancy Pelosi met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and several representatives from Taiwan's parliament as part of a high-profile visit that has angered China which has retaliated by conducting large scale military drills around the island.

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The Taiwan Presidential Office has a photo of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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After meeting with Taiwanese legislators on Wednesday morning, Pelosi and the congressional delegation went to see the president.

One of Taiwan's highest civilian honors, the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon, was presented to the Speaker of the House.

Pelosi said the US was determined to preserve democracy in Taiwan and the rest of the world in her speech after her meeting.

Pelosi is scheduled to visit a human rights museum in Taiwan later in the day before heading to South Korea and Japan.

China has begun live-fire military drills around the island which Taiwanese officials have likened to a naval and aerial blockade.

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While China has stood in the way of Taiwan going to certain meetings, they understand they will not stand in the way of people coming to Taiwan as a show of support.

It was expected that Pelosi would arrive in Taiwan on her Asia tour. The path of the Air Force plane carrying Pelosi and the congressional delegation was followed by more than a half a million people at one point. It is the most high-profile visit to Taiwan by a US official since 1997. The Beijing officials view the visit as interference in China's internal affairs and support for Taiwanese independence.

As a result of Pelosi's flight landing in Taiwan, as many as seven hundred thousand people follow along online.

The US wants to calm the situation over Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.