WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, on what was Tuesday evening there, increasing tensions between the United States and China, where the visit is being viewed as a provocation.
The White House had hoped that Pelosi’s trip through East Asia would not include a stop in Taiwan. Those hopes were scuttled by midmorning in Washington, as video footage showed Pelosi’s motorcade traveling from Songshan Airport into the city. Crowds of Taipei residents greeted her arrival.
Beijing was quick to criticize the visit, with China’s Foreign Ministry issuing a withering statement. China sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has repeatedly threatened to take the island by force.
“No country, no forces and no individual should ever misestimate the firm resolve, strong will and great capability of the Chinese…