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Chinese leaders slam Nancy Pelosi for Taiwan visit | USA TODAY

Chinese leaders called Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit “a serious violation” of the one-China principle that maintains Taiwan is part of China.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlighted strong support for Taiwan as she wrapped her visit Wednesday, while China announced it would conduct live-fire military drills in response to her controversial trip to the self-governed island.

Pelosi, who met with Taiwan’s top leaders then departed, addressed threats from Beijing, saying she hopes it’s clear that while China has prevented Taiwan from attending certain international meetings, “that they understand they will not stand in the way of people coming to Taiwan as a show of friendship and of support.”

“Our congressional delegation’s visit should be seen as a strong statement that America stands with Taiwan,” Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday. “We came to Taiwan to listen to, learn from and show our support for the people of Taiwan, who have built a thriving democracy that stands as one of the freest and most open in the world.”

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