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Pelosi Lands in Taiwan, Embarrassing Beijing on World's Stage

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For weeks now, there has been a grand amount of bluster coming from Beijing, all on account of a potential trip to visit Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

China has long insisted, erroneously, that Taiwan belongs to them, refusing to recognize the nation’s truly independent status.  As rumors of Pelosi’s trip grew, Beijing repeatedly suggested that there would be “dire” consequences for such a maneuver, including some who suggested that Pelosi’s plane could be shot out of the sky.

But, as Pelosi’s plane moseyed on into the airport in Taipei, China was nowhere to be found.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., landed in Taiwan late Tuesday evening local time, and she is expected to meet members of Taiwan’s legislature and President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with planning for her visit.

The highly-anticipated stop has faced stark warnings from China, in turn worrying the White House that it could trigger a crisis in the Taiwan Strait and worsen already tense U.S.-China relations. China sent two Su-35 fighter jets across the Taiwan strait ahead of Pelosi’s arrival, according to state broadcaster CCTV, and the spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry said on Twitter, “The US & Taiwan have made provocations together first, whereas China has been compelled to act in self-defense.”

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It was some time later that China finally responded, and with a rather bland assessment at that.

In response to Pelosi’s visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement that said, in part, it was a “serious violation of the one-China principle.” The ministry added, “It gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence.'”

The response was a far cry from what some social media users predicted, as “WWIII” was trending on Twitter in the run-up to Pelosi’s arrival in Taipei.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.