Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan, Live Updates: China summons US envoy, warns America shall ‘pay price’ as Pelosi visits Taipei

Explained: What is China’s problem with Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday night (Aug. 2), ignoring Chinese threats and a warning from President Xi Jinping, given to President Joe Biden last week, not to “play with fire.” (provoked by China).

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks with Taiwanese Secretary of State Joseph Wu, left, upon arrival in Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 2, 2022. (Taiwan State Department via AP)

Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is the highest visit by a US official to the island in a quarter of a century. The high-ranking American politician has criticized China on several fronts in recent decades.

The US has had a ‘One China’ policy since the 1970s, recognizing Taiwan as part of China. But it also has unofficial ties to Taiwan — a strategy known as strategic or deliberate ambiguity. Beijing considers Taiwan part of China, regularly threatens it and does not rule out the possibility of the island being taken by military force at some point. (Read more)

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