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Every time Chinese President Xi Jinping goes tough on Taiwan, it ironically helps Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in elections. (Nikkei montage/Getty Images/Xinhua/Kyodo)
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Analysis: China targets Taiwan, Okinawa in Pelosi damage control

Xi's dangerous game of chicken risks triggering larger conflict

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

When a U.S. Air Force-operated Boeing C-40C carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi safely arrived at Taipei Songshan Airport late at night on Aug. 2, a collective groan could be heard across China.

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