Arriving in Taiwan with a strong spirit against the CCP’s warnings on August 2, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi donned her signature outfit, a pink suit, and a white pearl necklace.
Such an outfit has been viewed as Pelosi’s iconic demonstration of power. In 2019, fashion magazine BAZAAR praised the House speaker as “using fashion to stand out, it’s one of the tools in her kit as a (more than) capable, professional female politician.”
However, Chinese watchers see more than just a simple demonstration of power. According to Chinese media Da Ji Yuan, the internet found it humorous that Pelosi’s choice of pink might be a direct strike at the little pink army, China’s young nationalist trolls.
CNN reported that many commenters wondered if Pelosi’s pink suit was a tribute to Hillary Clinton, who appeared at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 wearing strikingly similar attire.
In 1995, donning a similar look, the then-first lady stood on the mainland and taunted China over women’s rights and treatment of dissent.
Popular Taiwanese stylist Lin Guoji 林国基对 told Sanli News Network that pink demonstrates opposition to bullying. On the other hand, a white shirt is an indicator of peaceful intention.
Sure enough, that day, her op-ed in the Washington Post was released, which stated, “In the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) accelerating aggression, our congressional delegation’s visit should be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom.”
Lin, nonetheless, lauded Pelosi, who is over 80 years old, and yet she is always composed, stands erect, and projects an energetic look.