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US-China tensions

China reins in online backlash against U.S. over Pelosi's Taiwan trip

Authorities take aim at extreme nationalism as Xi prepares for third term

Images of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen lie on the ground at an Aug. 11 protest. Pelosi was one of the top trending topics on China's Weibo before her trip to Taiwan.

BEIJING -- When news broke that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might lead a delegation of lawmakers to Taiwan earlier this summer, it was met with a furious response by some of China's most well-known opinion makers.

"If US fighter jets escort Pelosi's plane into Taiwan, it is invasion," wrote Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of the Communist Party-linked Global Times newspaper, in a tweet on July 29.

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