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Speaker Nancy Pelosi address Taiwan trip, China’s response to visit | USA TODAY

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed her recent trip to Taiwan, saying the purpose was to show the U.S. has a “strong relationship” with the country.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday stood by her decision to visit Taiwan last week, answering “it was worth it,” despite the actions China has taken since she left the island.

Since Pelosi’s controversial trip, China has pulled out of climate talks and has extended threatening military exercises around Taiwan, which have disrupted shipping and air traffic and have raised concerns about the possible conflict in a region vital to global trade.

Taiwan warned Tuesday that Chinese military drills are not just a rehearsal for invasion of the self-governing island, but also reflect ambitions to control large swaths of the western Pacific, as Taipei conducted its own exercises to underscore it’s ready to defend itself.

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