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China's response to Pelosi's visit must balance retaliation against open conflict, say analysts

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks through the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, on Aug 3, 2022. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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BEIJING - In the days leading up to United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, China had issued an escalating series of threats, warning of retaliation should the visit go ahead.

There had been warnings of the US "paying the price" and of consequences, with Beijing not ruling out a military response.

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