The news that Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan affects market pricing.
The expectation that Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan during her Asia Pacific trip has increased the US-China tensions. However, the Biden administration wants to reduce tensions with China.
According to some reports, Pelosi is expected to arrive in Taiwan at 22:20 local time. Pelosi will meet with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-Wen. On the other hand, US officials informed China that the visit did not mean a change in Taiwan policies. China says Pelosi’s visit will “have grave consequences.”
The expected visit has impacted markets. Taiwan Stock Exchange fell 2.1 percent today, while the Japanese yen hit a two-month high against the dollar in search of a safe haven. On the other hand, the Taiwan dollar has been trading at its weakest level since May 2020.
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