House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meets leaders in Taiwan despite fierce warnings from China

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Taiwan is on high alert as Nancy Pelosi touched down on the island to a storm of Chinese threats and military manoeuvres.

The speaker of the US House of Representatives landed in Taipei at local time ( BST), becoming the highest-profile American official to visit in 25 years.

The 82-year-old said ahead of the visit that her trip, which was only confirmed at the last minute in the face of fierce opposition from Beijing, showed “America’s solidarity with the 23 million people of as the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy”.

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