House Speaker Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan on Tuesday for a surprise but highly controversial and anticipated visit.

As an outspoken opponent of China, Pelosi is the highest-ranking American nominated official to tour Taiwan in 25 years.

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Pelosi- Taiwan

The visit of Pelosi to Taiwan has fueled tensions between the US and China.

According to China, Taiwan is its region. China thinks that the visits to Taiwan by foreign officials are a recognition of its independence.

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Pelosi- Diplomatic Pressure

China is constantly increasing military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan.

On Monday, China already warned the US that it will “resolute and strong measures ”if Pelosi visits Taiwan.

Pelosi Visit

Pelosi- Future Conflict

The visit of Pelosi will almost certainly further destabilize relations between the US and China and increase the likelihood of future conflict.

The US government didn’t specifically ask Pelosi to cancel the visit but tried to reassure China that it would not sign a change in American policy towards Taiwan.

Pelosi- American Policy

In a statement after Pelosi's landing, she said that the US mission's visit respects the United States' strong commitment to supporting Taiwan's exciting democracy.