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As Pelosi’s Controversial Visit Nears, Taiwan Plays It Cool

  • US lawmaker Pelosi expected to arrive in Taiwan Tuesday night
  • Beijing warns of ‘grave consequences’ for landmark visit
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Pelosi Poised to Visit Taiwan as US-China Tensions Flare

Even as Taiwan becomes the center of a showdown between two of the world’s greatest superpowers over a landmark visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, locals are showing little alarm, reacting to threats from China with their usual sangfroid.

Beijing, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory, has promised “grave consequences” for the visit by the highest-ranking US official in a quarter century. While that has prompted global speculation over the possible forms of retaliation, such rhetoric and the specter of military conflict have become part of daily life in Taiwan.