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US-China tensions

For Taiwan, Pelosi visit a mix of hope and fear as China bristles

Many welcome U.S. House speaker, while others warn of military and business fallout

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, talks with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, before boarding a plane at Songshan Airport in Taipei on Wednesday.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan has triggered regional and global tensions amid fears of further Chinese aggression, with some international commentators calling her trip provocative and ill-conceived.

In response, China is holding live-fire drills near the coast of the democratic island -- a move that Taipei says is essentially a blockade -- and has banned imports from Taiwan of food items and exports of natural sand.

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