Nancy Pelosi leaves Taiwan after a trip that heightened relations with China

Despite warnings from China not to, Pelosi met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during her 15-hour tour.

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After less than 24 hours on the island, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flight has left Taiwan’s Songshan airport.

Despite warnings from China not to, Pelosi met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during her 15-hour visit. She called Taiwan a “island of resilience” and commended the US for its “iron-clad” support of democracy there.

China has said that starting on Thursday, it will conduct a number of live-fire military exercises in the air and on the water around the island. Taiwan claims that the action amounts to a blockade and breaches the island’s sovereignty.

The US Speaker’s travel was the first by a top US official in 25 years, although President Biden did not support it.

Beijing views Taiwan, which is independent and 100 miles from the Chinese mainland, as a province that broke away and that it wants to reclaim.

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