Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has arrived in Taiwan and she is expected to meet members of Taiwan’s legislature and President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday.
Pelosi’s arrival in Taipei late on Tuesday risks triggering a major crisis between China and the US.
China had threatened “serious consequences” if Pelosi went ahead with her visit.
“The US side will bear the responsibility and pay the price for undermining China’s sovereign security interests,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing in Beijing.
The White House on Monday warned that China’s response could include firing missiles in the Taiwan Strait.
On Tuesday morning, Chinese warships and aircraft repeatedly flew into the median line of the Taiwan Strait, according to reports.
Meanwhile, Four US naval ships, including one aircraft carrier, were deployed in the waters east of Taiwan before Pelosi’s arrival.