US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks at the US Capitol on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks at the US Capitol on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg

Prospect of a Nancy Pelosi trip to Taiwan jolts Washington as well as Beijing

  • Pelosi’s reported plans to visit the island shine a light on the complex and volatile politics surrounding Washington’s relationship with Taipei
  • A US president has little power to stop a speaker of the House from making such a trip, a point China’s one-party leadership may not understand

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks at the US Capitol on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks at the US Capitol on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg
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