Why Pelosi’s Proposed Taiwan Visit Is Raising U.S.-China Tensions


Taiwan, an island of 23 million people 80 miles off the coast of China, has long been a point of tension between Washington and Beijing. Now those tensions are at a new high.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to set off soon on a tour of several Asian nations that may include a stop in Taiwan. Ms. Pelosi would be the highest level American official to go to the island since 1997 when Newt Gingrich made a visit.

China claims Taiwan, a self-governing island democracy, as its territory, and…



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