Published July 22, 2022
Nancy Pelosi is facing a lot of resistance regarding her proposed trip to Taiwan next month, both from the Chinese government and President Biden. The Democratic House speaker should ignore them and go anyway.
Taiwan has emerged as a flash point in the quiet global conflict between Communist China and the United States. The island is a thriving democracy and an important part of the free world’s economy. It dominates the crucial semiconductor market, for example, producing more than half of the world’s chips and an even higher share of the most advanced devices. The free world would be shaken if Taiwan were to fall into China’s grasp.
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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.
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