Why Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is escalating US-China relations

Why Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is escalating US-China relations

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan defying warnings from Beijing.

This decision comes after weeks of wrangling between the United States and China over whether she should make the trip.

The US government has urged Beijing to refrain from an aggressive response.

China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has promised “grave consequences” for Pelosi’s visit.

Pelosi’s controversial stop in Taipei makes her the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in decades.

However, there is a potential credible Chinese military threat to the speaker’s safety.

Nancy Pelosi is an American politician with a net worth of $120 million.

As speaker of the House, Pelosi's salary is $223,500.