Taiwan visit fallout looms over Pelosi’s meeting with Kishida

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Peace and stability in Asia-Pacific were at the top of the agenda when Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met on Friday morning with Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi following the veteran congressman’s trip to Taiwan earlier this week — a visit that led to a huge increase in Chinese military activity around the island.

Pelosi’s visit — the second in line to US presidential succession — has sparked strong rhetoric from Beijing and a series of Chinese military operations, including the firing of five ballistic missiles in neighboring Japan’s exclusive economic zone. In what would be a major escalation, some of those projectiles flew over Taipei, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry.

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