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Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan. China warns of serious consequences

Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan. China warns of serious consequences

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan today despite threats from Beijing of dire consequences, becoming the most senior US official in 25 years to visit the self-governing island claimed by China.

Pelosi's visit has caused increased tension between China and the United States. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, to be annexed by force if necessary, and sees visits by foreign officials as recognition of the island's sovereignty.

China had warned of consequences if Pelosi went ahead with the trip. China's Defense Ministry said Tuesday night that it will conduct a series of military operations to "protect national sovereignty" in response to Pelosi's visit.

Pelosi said in a statement shortly after her arrival that the US delegation's visit honors America's unwavering commitment to support Taiwan's vibrant democracy.

China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, has warned that its military will never sit idly by.

The Kremlin also released a statement condemning the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, stressing that China has every right to protect its interests.