Tensions between China and Taiwan increase before Pelosi's anticipated arrival

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As US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was anticipated to arrive on the island late Tuesday, Taiwan was preparing for a potential show of force from China.

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Her travel would be the first by a top US official in many years and is not supported by the White House.

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Pelosi, who holds the third-highest position in the US government, has consistently criticized Beijing.

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The visit has been strongly discouraged by China, which also warned on Tuesday that the US would "pay the price."

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Taiwan is a self-governing island, but China claims it, seeing it as a province that broke away.

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According to Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, China and the US had discussions about how sensitive the visit was.

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In order to undermine China's national security interests, she warned, "the US side will carry the blame and pay the price."

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China launched fighter jets up to the median line, which serves as an informal border between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, on Tuesday.

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