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Biden Team Tries to Blunt China Rage as Pelosi Heads for Taiwan

  • House speaker expected to arrive Tuesday, meet president
  • Speaker’s travel caused unusual tension with White House
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John Kirby, the National Security Council spokesman, talks about Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Asia on Bloomberg Television.Markets: The Close.”
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The White House sought to dial back rising tensions with China over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s expected visit to Taiwan, insisting the trip doesn’t signal a change in US posture toward the island and urging Beijing to refrain from an aggressive response.

Pelosi is expected to arrive Tuesday at 10:20 p.m. local time via private plane at Songshan Airport, the Liberty Times reported, without specifying how it got the information. The landmark visit would make her the highest-ranking US official to set foot on the island in 25 years. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has promised “grave consequences” for Pelosi’s visit.