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Pelosi Stares Down Xi Threats, Giving China a Reality Check

  • Beijing left asking for patience after response disappoints
  • Xi has little appetite for conflict before leadership meeting
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WATCH: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues her trip to Asia. The impact from her stopover in Taipei is still being felt. Stephen Engle reports.Source: Bloomberg
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In roughly 24 hours, Chinese officials and propagandists went from warning of a possible war to pleading for patience as Beijing struggled to articulate a cohesive response to Nancy Pelosi’s landmark trip to Taiwan.

Ahead of Pelosi’s visit, the first by a US House speaker in 25 years, President Xi Jinping warned the Biden administration would get “burned” while nationalist Chinese commentators suggested she would “ignite the powder keg.”