Politico: China privately pressured Nancy Pelosi


How worried were Chinese officials about Nancy Pelosi’s trip to their country last week?

Chinese officials in Washington quietly pressured the speaker’s office to curtail visits with dissidents, according to people familiar with the situation, to avoid a repeat of her 1991 trip, when Pelosi humiliated China’s leaders by brandishing a pro-democracy banner in Tiananmen Square.

Pelosi politely rebuffed them, book-ending her weeklong tour of China by meeting human rights leaders in Shanghai and Hong Kong – while keeping some itinerary details close to the vest to avoid interference.

Yet if China’s leaders were expecting Pelosi to embark on a human rights pilgrimage to commemorate this week’s 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, they underestimated her evolution and their own increasing leverage with top U.S. officials.

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