Taipei residents split as Pelosi visit looms

STORY: Pelosi, a long-time China critic, was expected to arrive in Taipei later on Tuesday, people briefed on the matter said, as the United States said it would not be intimidated by Chinese "saber rattling" over the visit.

While university student Yang Hsing-ruei believed the visit would help the Taiwan-U.S. relationship improve, his fellow classmate, Chang Yun-fan, thought it won't bring "any real benefit".

"In the end we are just a chess piece in someone else’s game. It is very hard for Taiwan to walk its own path," said 22-year-old Chang.

One person familiar with Pelosi's itinerary said most of her planned meetings, including that with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, were scheduled for Wednesday (August 3).

Pelosi was visiting Malaysia on Tuesday, having begun her Asia tour in Singapore on Monday (August 1). Her office said she will also go to South Korea and Japan, but made no mention of a Taiwan visit.

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