US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan amid threats of Chinese retaliation :: WRAL.com

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— Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday in a significant show of support for Taiwan, despite threats from China to retaliate for the visit.

Pelosi’s stop in Taipei is the first time a US House speaker has visited Taiwan in 25 years. Her trip comes at a low point in US-China relations and despite warnings from the Biden administration about a stop in Taiwan.

A Taiwanese official told CNN that Pelosi is expected to stay in Taipei overnight.

Pelosi’s stop in Taiwan was not listed on the itinerary for her congressional visit to Asia, but the stop had been discussed in the weeks leading up to her trip. The potential shutdown prompted warnings from China as well as the Biden administration, which briefed the speaker on the risks of visiting the democratically self-governing island that China claims is part of its territory.

On Monday, China warned of the “outrageous political impact” of Pelosi’s visit, saying the Chinese military “will not sit idly by” if Beijing believes its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” are under threat.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Monday that the decision to visit Taiwan was made by the speaker, noting that there has been precedent for visits by members of Congress, including previous House speakers. “Congress is an independent, co-equal branch of government,” Blinken said in a speech at the United Nations. “The decision is entirely up to the speaker.”

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan amid threats of Chinese retaliation :: WRAL.com

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