How will China react to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan?

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday August 2 to meet with Speaker Tsai Ing-wen. Chinese officials had repeatedly warned against his visit to the self-governing island, which Beijing claims as its own territory.

Alix Kroeger in London, and Emily Tamkin and Katie Stallard in Washington DC, explain why Pelosi has continued his visit now and how Beijing is likely to react in the days and weeks to come as the Chinese Navy begins live-fire exercises around from Taiwan.

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