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Nancy Pelosi's plane lands in Taiwan amid Chinese military alert

Nancy Pelosi’s plane lands in Taiwan amid Chinese military alert

Atlanta, United States (CNN)– US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday on an important visit to support Taiwan despite threats from China of retaliation.

Pelosi’s station in Taipei was the first time a US House speaker had visited Taiwan in 25 years. Her trip comes at a low point in US-China relations, despite warnings from the Biden administration not to stop in Taiwan.

A Taiwanese official told CNN that Pelosi is expected to stay in Taipei overnight.

Taiwan was not a stop on Pelosi’s trip to Asia, but the stop was discussed for weeks in the run-up to her trip. The potential stoppage triggered warnings from China as well as the Biden administration, which briefed the spokesperson on the dangers of visiting the democratic autonomous island, which China claims as part of its territory.

China on Monday warned of the “terrible political impact” of Pelosi’s visit, saying the Chinese military “will not stand idly by” if Beijing believes its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is threatened.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Monday the visit to Taiwan was a decision by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, noting that there is precedent for members of Congress – including former presidents of the House of Representatives. “Congress is an independent and equal branch of government,” Blinken said in statements.

On Monday, White House officials warned Beijing against taking any escalatory measures in response to Pelosi’s visit.

“There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit, consistent with long-term US policy, into some kind of crisis or conflict, or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait,” said John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator.

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US President Joe Biden has said publicly that the US military does not think the time is right for Pelosi to visit Taiwan, but has not directly told her not to go, two sources previously told CNN.

The issue of Taiwan remains one of the most contentious issues in US-China relations. Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, discussed the matter at length during a phone call last week that lasted more than two hours.

Administration officials worry that Pelosi’s trip comes at a particularly tense moment, as Xi is expected to seek an unprecedented third term at the upcoming Chinese Communist Party Congress. Chinese party officials are expected to begin laying the groundwork for that congress in the coming weeks, putting pressure on the leadership in Beijing to show strength.

While Biden has not endorsed Pelosi’s visit, US officials believe that the Chinese leadership may be confusing the House speaker’s trip with an official visit by the US administration, and are concerned that China does not separate Pelosi from Biden too much, since both are Democrats.

Pelosi has long been an anti-China hawk in Congress. She has previously met pro-democracy opponents and the Dalai Lama – the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who remains a thorn in the side of the Chinese government. She also helped display a black and white banner in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square two years after the 1989 massacre, and in recent years has expressed support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.