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    Nancy Pelosi’s Trip To Taiwan Tracked By 345,000 People

    Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan was tracked by 345,000 people, the highest in history.

    Pelosi met with Taiwanese lawmakers and then with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen. She offered assurances of United States support for the island democracy that China claims as its own.

    Additionally, Taiwan welcomed Pelosi by crowds of supporters. They waved banners and news media and protesters, followed her closely. As well as tracked meetings and movements streamed partly online.

    But this shook the relationship between China and the United States over power and influence in Asia. Taiwan now expects Beijing to begin live-fire military drills on Thursday, an escalation without recent precedent. During the drills, Chinese forces are expected to encircle the island, dropping missiles into seas only 10 miles from its coast.

    “Today the world faces a choice between democracy and autocracy,” Ms. Pelosi said during a meeting with Taiwan’s president. “America’s determination to preserve democracy here in Taiwan and around the world remains ironclad.”

    Pelosi’s historical trip was tracked the entire time according to

    Hundreds of thousands of people used flight-tracking websites to follow the path of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic flight into Taiwan on Tuesday (Aug. 2).

    When Pelosi’s flight was beginning its descent into Taiwan, popular flight-tracking website FlightRadar24(opens in new tab) (FR24) showed over 345,000 people watching the path of SPAR19, the call sign given to the U.S. Air Force Boeing C-40C transport aircraft on which she flew.

    Many users were unable to access the site at the time due to what FR24 called “unprecedented sustained tracking interest,” according to a statement released on Twitter(opens in new tab).

    Pelosi departed Taiwan on Wednesday (Aug. 3) after meeting with the nation’s president and other high-ranking officials. The house speaker’s outgoing flight did not draw nearly as much attention as her arrival, during which Chinese military aircraft flew aggressively close(opens in new tab) to Taiwanese airspace.


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