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Trouble in the Taiwan Strait

Tensions have reached new heights after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan and President Joe Biden's comments on US forces defending the island against an attack. Asian Insider looks at what is causing the turmoil and whether war is imminent.

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TAIPEI - Despite cross-strait tensions running at their highest in decades, Taiwanese retiree Lin Huei-chen is not worried about an imminent war.

"I was nervous about the People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft flying near Taiwan two years ago, but their 'trips' have become so regular that I think China's bark is probably worse than its bite," said the 64-year-old, referring to the recent spike in Chinese military activity near Taiwan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2022, with the headline Trouble in the Taiwan Strait . Subscribe