Chinese warplanes took to the skies and U.S. warships were on the move Tuesday as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ignored warnings from Beijing, the Biden administration, and peace activists by becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit Taiwan.\r\n\r\n\u0022Are you here to support Taiwan or to provoke a war? What the hell are you doing here, Pelosi?\u0022\r\n\r\nPelosi (D-Calif.) issued a statement insisting the congressional delegation\u0026#039;s trip to the island that most of the international community including the United States considers part of China \u0022in no way contradicts\u0022 U.S. adherence to the \u0022One China\u0022 policy, but rather \u0022honors America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan\u0026#039;s vibrant democracy.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Our visit is part of our broader trip to the Indo-Pacific—including Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan—focused on mutual security, economic partnership, and democratic governance,\u0022 the speaker explained.\r\n\r\nShe added: \u0022Our discussions with Taiwan leadership will focus on reaffirming our support for our partner and on promoting our shared interests, including advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region. America\u0026#039;s solidarity with the 23 million people of Taiwan is more important today than ever, as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy.\u0022\r\n\r\nChina\u0026#039;s Ministry of Foreign Affairs decried Pelosi\u0026#039;s visit, accusing the United States of \u0022playing with fire\u0022 and warning that \u0022those who play by fire will perish by it.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn a statement, the ministry said:\r\n\r\n\r\nChina and the United States are two major countries. The right way for them to deal with each other lies only in mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, no-confrontation, and win-win cooperation. The Taiwan question is purely an internal affair of China, and no other country is entitled to act as a judge on the Taiwan question.\r\n\r\nChina strongly urges the United States to stop playing the \u0022Taiwan card\u0022 and using Taiwan to contain China. It should stop meddling on Taiwan and interfering in China\u0026#039;s internal affairs. It should stop supporting and conniving at \u0022Taiwan independence\u0022 separatist forces in any form. It should stop its acts of saying one thing but doing the opposite on the Taiwan question. It should stop distorting, obscuring, and hollowing out the One China principle. It must take credible actions to observe strictly the One China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, deliver on the \u0022five noes\u0022 commitment made by the U.S. leadership (i.e. not seek a \u0022new Cold War\u0022; not seek to change China\u0026#039;s system; the revitalization of its alliances is not against China; not support \u0022Taiwan independence\u0022; not look for conflict with China), and not go further down the wrong and dangerous path.\r\n\r\n\r\nAnti-war voices also condemned the speaker\u0026#039;s trip.\r\n\r\n\u0022Pelosi\u0026#039;s Taiwan visit is unnecessary, dangerous, and utterly reckless at a time when the war in Ukraine continues,\u0022 Stop the War U.K. tweeted. \u0022The U.S. is already in a proxy war with Russia and Pelosi\u0026#039;s visit could result in military retaliation and a dangerous cycle of escalation.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFormer Taiwanese foreign policy planning chief Dale Jieh Wen-chieh derided the notion that Pelosi was coming to the island to support the Taiwanese people.\r\n\r\n\u0022Support your ass,\u0022 he said during a Taiwanese television interview, adding with a reference to the Chinese People\u0026#039;s Liberation Army: \u0022You want to support us to fight against the PLA?\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022You Yankees... want us to buy weapons from you,\u0022 Jieh added. \u0022Are you here to support Taiwan or to provoke a war? What the hell are you doing here, Pelosi? The relationship between the mainland and Taiwan is already very tense. Supporting Taiwan? We don\u0026#039;t need your support!\u0022\r\n\r\nOn Monday night, Taipei 101, the Taiwanese capital\u0026#039;s tallest building and iconic landmark, displayed illuminated messages welcoming Pelosi and thanking her for visiting. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe speaker\u0026#039;s visit also prompted protests from the streets of Taipei to her hometown of San Francisco.\r\n\r\nJulie Tang, a retired San Francisco Superior Court judge, accused Pelosi of supporting the military-industrial complex and \u0022raising the temperature for war\u0022 during a Monday afternoon demonstration in the Northern California city.\r\n\r\n\u0022We have donated to her, we\u0026#039;ve supported her throughout these years, but we are so disappointed that what she\u0026#039;s doing is totally against the welfare and the well-being of the community—in particular Chinese Americans,\u0022 Tang told The San Francisco Standard.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022She does not listen to us,\u0022 Tang added. \u0022She\u0026#039;s going with the flow, going with pushing U.S. hegemony to contain China. For what? We don\u0026#039;t get anything out of it.\u0022\r\n\r\nBiden administration officials had reportedly been working behind the scenes to convince Pelosi of the potential dangers of visiting Taiwan. Last month, President Joe Biden admitted that U.S. military officials believed \u0022it\u0026#039;s not a good idea\u0022 for Pelosi to visit Taiwan right now.