Taiwan’s Status Quo Buckles under Pelosi Visit

Taiwan’s Status Quo Buckles under Pelosi Visit
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From the moment that Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan was leaked, the current US-China tensions were essentially pre-ordained. For the US Speaker of the House – a lifelong thorn in the side of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – a reversal in the face of CCP threats would send the wrong signal to regional allies, many of whom have begun to question the strength of Washington’s security commitments going forward. For Beijing, such a visit could not be allowed to have the optics of ‘business as usual’ given the growing perception among the Chinese population that China is now a superpower demanding commiserate levels of global respect, speak nothing of the domestic political sensitivities involved in the lead-up to 20th Party Congress later this year.

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