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, 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.
Jacques deLisle - Jacques deLisle is the Director 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.