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Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip: What It Meant and What Comes Next?

August 12, 2022 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Asia Program

About the Event

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation stopped in Taiwan as part of a trip to US allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific.  The visit by so high-ranking a US figure—the first by a House Speaker in a quarter-century—attracted widespread international attention, was warmly welcomed in Taiwan and highly controversial in US political and policy circles, and prompted dire warnings from Beijing.  China launched large-scale, live-fire military exercises near Taiwan, and imposed new economic sanctions against Taiwanese entities.  Why was Pelosi’s visit controversial?  What will be its longer-term effects on cross-Strait and US-China relations?  Will the trip and its fallout help or hurt the interests of the US, Taiwan, and China?


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Shelley Rigger

Shelley Rigger - Shelley Rigger, a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is the Brown Professor of East Asian Politics and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

Jude Blanchette

Jude Blanchette - Jude Blanchette holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Jacques deLisle

Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is the Chair of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.