The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is in the media spotlight for her Taiwan visit.
The international media have called her trip the ‘Pelosi soap opera’.
Has she changed her political image after meeting with the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen?
ReputationUP has analyzed the online reputation of Nancy Pelosi.
The political visit has generated positive results not only for her figure but also for the image of the United States.
The dates selected for the study are July 29 and August 4.
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Who is Nancy Pelosi?
Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The Italian-American is the first woman to hold an important and influential position in the United States: in 2006, she already presided over the US House of Representatives.
Pelosi comes from a family with a strong political tradition.
Her official biography explains that her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as mayor of Baltimore for twelve years after representing the city for five terms in Congress.
Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as mayor of Baltimore.
The China-Taiwan conflict
To understand the reactions of China and Taiwan to Nancy Pelosi’s visit, you have to go back to the origin.
China claims full sovereignty over the island and considers it a rogue province after losing the civil war against the communists.
Today, only fourteen countries recognize Taiwan as a sovereign; none of them are G7 leaders.
The meeting violates the principle baptized as “One China” for the Chinese Government.
Nancy Pelosi’s visit is the first by a senior US political figure to the island in 25 years.
This trip has caused a schism between the two most significant powers in the world.
As the Reuters tweet recalls, more than 30 years ago, Pelosi already angered China by unfurling a banner in Tiananmen Square (China) in honor of the dissidents killed in the 1989 protests.
Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
On her Asian tour, Nancy Pelosi made a stop in Taiwan.
Politics left Kuala Lumpur and landed unofficially in Taiwan before continuing to South Korea and Japan.
The island received politics with a message in its legendary Taipei 101 skyscraper.
For their part, residents of Taiwan wore masks with the Ukrainian flag, as shown in this video.
The president of the House of Representatives announced her support for the island, as reported by Reuters and other media:
“Our delegation came to Taiwan to make unequivocally clear that we will not abandon Taiwan.”
The Italian-American’s position was even more reinforced when The Washington Post published an essay by Pelosi herself, just after landing in Taiwan.
In the article, the Speaker of the House of Representatives wrote about the resilience of the island:
“Yet, disturbingly, this vibrant, robust democracy — named one of the freest in the world by Freedom House and proudly led by a woman, President Tsai Ing-wen — is under threat.”
And she consolidates the speech delivered during her visit:
“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.”
The consequences of China
Minutes before the landing of the US Air Force plane, SPAR19, several Chinese fighters crossed the line that divides the Taiwan Strait, sounding alarm sirens in fear of a possible attack.
The Chinese Government expressed its disagreement about the meeting in a press release:
“Since Speaker Pelosi is the incumbent leader of the US Congress, her visit to and activities in Taiwan, in whatever form and for whatever reason, is a major political provocation to upgrade US official exchanges with Taiwan. China absolutely does not accept this, and the Chinese people absolutely reject this.”
In the statement, he already announced that there would be consequences:
“China will definitely take all necessary measures to resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity in response to the US Speaker’s visit.”
For her part, the president of Taiwan Pelosi’s visit has reinforced her policy.
Chinese official speech
The spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, has appeared before the press to broadcast an official speech at the United States-Taiwan meeting.
“All consequences arising therefrom shall be borne by the US side and the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces.”
Hua Chunying’s public appearances are limited to occasions of urgency and importance.
The last one dates back to February when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
As of this week, several Chinese warships are anchored near the dividing line.
Similarly, bathers on a beach in Xiamen have witnessed the march of tanks along the coast; and the airline Xiamen Airlines has interrupted flights for traffic controls.
Nancy Pelosi: The Analysis
To the reputation monitoring of Nancy Pelosi, ReputationUP’s analysis has focused on the dates between July 29 and August 4.
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The parameters examined are the following:
ReputationUP uses a reputation monitoring software, RepUP Monitoring Tool, which analyzes everything on the network in real-time, combining Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.
The performance of the results globally refers to the interactions in a given period. Interactions include concepts such as mentions, likes, or comments.
In one week, Nancy Pelosi has generated 465.8K results online.
The temporal graph sees August 3 as the predominant day.
In addition, the results increased by +891.5% compared to the previous period.
Interactions reached 4.6M, with growth of +688.3% compared to the previous week.
With these data, the online influence of Nancy Pelosi during her stay in Taiwan is already shown.
In the following graph, the engagement of the results is divided by social networks.
The most important data correspond to ‘Like on Twitter’.
Next, ‘Retweets’ and ‘Likes on YouTube’ predominate.
Next, the support of network users for Nancy Pelosi is exposed.
In the first image, a Twitter user compares Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan with a previous visit by US senators to Moscow.
The post has 11.5K retweets and 69.9K likes.
In the second tweet, the user writes about the global reach of Nancy Pelosi’s visit and the Taiwanese’s habit of threatening China.
The scope of the post is 445 retweets and 2,568 likes.
The third publication again compares the situation in Taiwan with Ukraine:
“It’s worth reminding the fear-mongers that her visit there (Pelosi to Taiwan) won’t cause WWIII.”
The tweet has 687 retweets and 3,859 likes.
This new case study confirmed the influence of Twitter in the political sphere, as was already analyzed in the study of the reputation of Iván Duque after withdrawal of the tax reform.
Sentiment computes the percentage of positive or negative emotion users generate on social networks.
The ReputationUP Study Center has also calculated the net sentiment generated by Nancy Pelosi on the Internet.
This is the net percentage, measured on a scale of -100 to 100. All this is seen in the following graph.
Nancy Pelosi has a positive sentiment of 25.7% and a negative of 37.8%
These data generate a net sentiment of 37.8%, 124% more than the previous period.
The figures reflect that, despite criticism, the president is valued as a leader without fear of threats.
ReputationUP’s patented software analyzes network trends associated with Nancy Pelosi to study digital reputation better.
All the topics are related to Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan.
Those with the highest volume are Pelosi, Taiwan, China, Nancy, and visit.
Others linked to the United States-Taiwan meeting are:
In the case of hashtags, the trend is similar: the predominant ones are Pelosi, Taiwan, China, and Nancy.
The rest of the labels related to the trip are the following:
- SPAR 19;
- Xi Jinping;
- China Taiwan crisis;
In this case, the influence of Nancy Pelosi’s trip on the network is rechecked.
The ReputationUP Study Center, a leading online reputation management company, has analyzed Nancy Pelosi’s online reputation after the ‘Pelosi soap opera’.
With this analysis carried out, the following conclusions can be drawn:
- This week, Nancy Pelosi has generated 465.8K results online;
- These results grew by +891.5% compared to the previous period;
- The Interactions reached 4.6M, with a growth of +688.3% compared to the last week;
- Its positive sentiment is 25.7% and negative 37.8%;
- These data generate a net sentiment of 37.8%, 124% more than the last period;
- Twitter is the network in which Nancy Pelosi’s information has been shared the most;
- The trends and hashtags related to her name are related to the political trip to Taiwan.
This study shows how Nancy Pelosi’s reputation has grown, as well as her presence on the Internet.
Through the monitoring software RepUP Monitoring Tool, the most critical results on online reputation and sentiment are obtained.
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