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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a diplomatic visit to Taiwan in Aug 2022; she ignored China's threats against the visit—and later, in a speech in Taiwan, she made it clear that she believes that the USA should and would always support Taiwan against any threats by China.

Summary

This article by Bill Birtles, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
  • Before the visit, China's President warned the US not to play with fire.
  • Chinese government media framed Pelosi's visit almost as an American invasion of what they consider part of China.
  • As Ms Pelosi delivered her address to Taiwan's parliament, Chinese warships were moving to positions around the island.
  • Some observers fear that China's leader, Xi Jinping is normalising the notion that conflict over Taiwan is inevitable.

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