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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan may have been brief, but it was not without controversy. She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in decades – but many fear her visit could fan the flames of an already strained relationship between the self-governing island and China, which claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes to any engagement of Taiwanese officials with foreign countries. Governments. Ahead of Pelosi’s visit, China stepped up its military exercises near Taiwan, and Beijing has pledged to hold even more military exercises over the next few days. Some experts are calling it the most dangerous escalation between the two regions since the 1990s. Today, Taipei-based Washington Post correspondent Christian Shepherd explains how tensions between China and Taiwan have come to this and why Pelosi’s visit was so controversial.