Pelosi arrives in Malaysia as tensions rise over possible Taiwan visit

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday for the second leg of an Asian tour

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that has been overshadowed by an expected stop in Taiwan, which would escalate tensions with Beijing that claims the self-ruled island as its own territory.

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The plane carrying Pelosi and her delegation touched down at an air force base amid tight security.

She called on lower house Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun in Parliament and adjourned for a luncheon meet with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

While there have been no official announcements, local media in Taiwan reported that Pelosi will arrive in Taipei on Tuesday night,

becoming the highest-ranking elected U.S. official to visit in more than 25 years.

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The United Daily News, Liberty Times and China Times — Taiwan's three largest national newspapers

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cited unidentified sources as saying she would fly to Taipei and spend the night after visiting Malaysia.