U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Chinese-claimed Taiwan aboard a U.S. military aircraft late on Tuesday, the first such visit in 25 years and one that risks pushing relations between Washington and Beijing to a new low. reports BBC.
Chinese jets are crossing the Taiwan strait, according to reports in the country's state media.
They are reportedly Su-35 fighter jets.
Beijing warned it would respond to any potential visit from Nancy Pelosi.
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Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu was set to greet unspecified VIPs at Songshan Airport in Taipei at 10:30 p.m. local time, the government said in a statement. Flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 said earlier the world’s most-tracked flight was a US Air Force jet that took off from the capital of Malaysia, where Pelosi met with leaders on Tuesday.
Taiwan faced cyberattacks ahead of Pelosi’s arrival, with the presidential office saying it suffered a 20-minute barrage in the early evening hours. The scale of the DDoS, or distributed denial-of-service, attacks were 200 times worse than usual, presidential spokesman Xavier Chang said. The Foreign Ministry’s website also appeared to be down.