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Taiwan tensions

Pelosi's visit risks acceleration of China plan to seize Taiwan

Proximity of drills to island marks alarming change in Beijing's military strategy

A man stands in front of a screen in Beijing on Aug. 3 that is showing a CCTV news broadcast of a map of locations around Taiwan where Chinese People's Liberation Army was to conduct military exercises.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's room for maneuver is dwindling rapidly as China increases the pressure on the self-governing island, alarming governments and analysts around the Pacific.

China has held several days live-fire military drills in Taiwanese waters since U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island two weeks ago, prompting the most serious standoff between Taipei and Beijing in decades. The exercises resumed after the arrival of another U.S. congressional delegation this weekend.

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