/ 04 August 2022

A high-impact trip to Taiwan

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was short – and not so sweet for China… She is the Speaker of the US House of Representatives and a very senior Democrat – and she’s the most senior US politician to visit Taiwan since the mid-90s. Calling in on President Tsai Ing-wen, senior politicians and human rights activists during her quick trip, Pelosi’s visit is receiving a lot of attention because of the fraught relationship between the US and China. While Taiwan sees itself as an independent state, China sees it as a breakaway province to be reunified with Beijing – maybe by force. Neither Team Biden nor China wanted Pelosi to make the trip, but she says it was essential to “make it unequivocally clear” that the US supports Taiwan in the face of Chinese aggression. China responded by getting ready for some big war games as the White House tries to take the pressure down. Analysts say it will be Taiwan that pays for the short stay… #SquizShortcuts

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