Pelosi meets with Taiwan’s president

Nancy Pelosi met with Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s president, after visiting Taiwan’s Legislature earlier today.

In what is likely to be considered an affront in China, the U.S. House speaker is also likely to hold discussions with a number of human rights leaders this afternoon, before she departs. She said her visit to the self-governed island was a sign of the United States’ “unwavering commitment” to supporting its democracy.

The high-profile meetings set the stage for further tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its territory. Shortly after Pelosi landed, Chinese diplomats said that her trip “seriously undermines” Beijing’s sovereignty, keeping up a growing drumbeat of anger in China toward the U.S.

And China’s military announced live-fire drills that appear to infringe on Taiwan’s territorial waters. A state news agency warned ships and aircraft away for “safety reasons.” Here are live updates.

Background: Pelosi, long a critic of China, is the highest-level U.S. official to visit the island since 1997. Tsai, Taiwan’s president, has vowed to defend its sovereignty.

Analysis: American officials said Pelosi’s visit could lead to more aggressive military posturing from China: its leader, Xi Jinping, has made it clear that unifying Taiwan with China is a primary goal.

Reaction: People in Taiwan welcomed Pelosi yesterday, displaying their growing weariness with China’s repeated threats. And Russia described the visit as “provocative,” aligning itself with Beijing.

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Name: Chala Dandessa. I was born in West Shewa Zone, Chobi District of Oromia Region, Ethiopia in 1989. I am founder of www.ethiopianstoday.com