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PELOSI ARRIVES IN MALAYSIA AS TENSIONS RISE OVER A POSSIBLE TRIP TO TAIWAN

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday for the second leg of her Asia tour,

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which is covered by a planned stop in Taiwan that will escalate tensions with Beijing, which claims the autonomous island as its Is own region.

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The plane carrying Pelosi and her delegation landed at the air base under tight security.

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He called Azhar Azizan Haroon, the speaker of the lower house in parliament, and got up for lunch with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yacoub.

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Although no official announcement has been made, local media in Taiwan have reported that Pelosi will arrive in Taipei on Tuesday night,

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becoming the highest-ranking US elected official to travel in more than 25 years. The United Daily News, Liberty Times, and China Times,

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Taiwan's three biggest national newspapers, said, citing unnamed sources, that he would fly to Taipei and spend the night after flying to Malaysia.

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China, which regards Taiwan as a rogue province, will be annexed by force if necessary,

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warning of the consequences, saying that its forces "will never sit idly by if Pelosi goes ahead with the trip".

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Threats of retaliation by China have raised concerns about a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait that separates the two sides,

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which could affect global markets and supply chains.

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