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This Is Why China Is So On Edge About Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan

  • House speaker long has put pressure on Beijing on human rights
  • Planned visit set to raise US-China tensions at critical time
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Pelosi Poised to Visit Taiwan as US-China Tensions Flare

Nancy Pelosi made a mark with China’s rulers early on in her political career, when she held up a pro-democracy banner on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. More than 30 years later, she’d be coming full circle by visiting Taiwan.

As House speaker she’s second in line of succession to the US presidency. That would make her trip to the democratically-ruled island, which China regards as its sovereign territory, an affront to Beijing.