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US-China Tensions Soar After Pelosi Visits Taiwan: Weekend Reads

Chinese helicopters during a military exercise near Pingtan island, China’s closest point to Taiwan.
Chinese helicopters during a military exercise near Pingtan island, China’s closest point to Taiwan.

Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

The blowback from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan was swift and heavy: China carried out its most provocative military drills in decades around the island and cut off defense and climate talks with Washington, as relations between the world’s biggest economies nose-dived.

Taiwan described the military exercises as an apparent simulation of an attack on its main island.