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Worries mount as US conservative hawks say Speaker Nancy Pelosi should visit Taiwan

The visit has not been publicly announced, but it is being seen by most foreign policy analysts as needlessly provoking China. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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WASHINGTON – There is increasing anxiety in foreign policy and security circles in Washington – shared by the Biden administration as well – over the prospect of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan.

The visit has not been publicly announced, but most foreign policy analysts deem it as needlessly provoking China. This view is also shared by the White House as well as the United States military. The Department of Defence has reportedly briefed Ms Pelosi, who has said it is important to show support for Taiwan. 

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