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The Graphic Truth: China swarming Taiwan's skies

Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taiwan on Tuesday night, becoming the first US House speaker to visit the self-governing island in 25 years.

After weeks of uncertainty, a lukewarm response from President Joe Biden, Taiwanese jitters, and repeated threats from Beijing, the US military aircraft carrying Pelosi landed in Taipei unharmed. She traveled from Singapore on a much longer route to avoid the South China Sea airspace contested by China.

Still, China made it clear to the world how it feels about the trip by putting on a big show of force, including live-fire drills in waters surrounding Taiwan. Almost on cue, Beijing also scrambled 21 fighter jets into the island's Air Defense Identification Zone, getting very close to the Taiwan Strait median line that limits Taiwanese airspace.

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