Speaker Pelosi Arrives in Taiwan, Raising China Tensions

A pro-U.S. sign is displayed on a tower ahead of House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit, in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday. (REUTERS/Ann Wang)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-ruled island that is claimed by China in 25 years.

Pelosi’s visit has triggered increased tensions between China and the United States. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, to be annexed by force if necessary, and views visits by foreign government officials as recognition of the island’s sovereignty.

China had warned of “resolute and strong measures” if Pelosi went ahead with the trip. The Biden administration did not explicitly urge her to call it off, while seeking to assure Beijing it would not signal any change in U.S. policy on Taiwan.

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