Theme Week Taiwan

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Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Its neighbors include the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations.

The island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, was inhabited by aborigines before the 17th century, when Dutch and Spanish colonies opened the island to mass Han immigration. After a brief rule by the Kingdom of Tungning, the island was annexed in 1683 by the Qing dynasty, the last dynasty of China. The Qing ceded Taiwan to Japan in 1895 after the Sino-Japanese War. While Taiwan was under Japanese rule, the Republic of China (ROC) was established on the mainland in 1912 after the fall of the Qing dynasty. Following the Japanese surrender to the Allies in 1945, the ROC took control of Taiwan. However, the resumption of the Chinese Civil War led to the ROC’s loss of the mainland to the Communists, and the flight of the ROC government to Taiwan in 1949. Although the ROC continued to claim to be the legitimate government of China, its effective jurisdiction had, since the loss of Hainan in 1950, been limited to Taiwan and several small islands, with the main island making up 99% of its de facto territory. As a founding member of the United Nations, the ROC represented China at the UN until 1971, when it lost its seat to the PRC.

Changhua City © 龍本/cc-by-sa-3.0 Downtown Tainan © Mersh/cc-by-sa-3.0 National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei © Ma Jien-kuo Taipei © peellden/cc-by-sa-3.0 Presidential Office Building in Taipei © Jiang Taoyuan City - Zhongjeng Road © Foxy1219/cc-by-sa-4.0
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National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei © Ma Jien-kuo
In the early 1960s, Taiwan entered a period of rapid economic growth and industrialization, creating a stable industrial economy. In the 1980s and early 1990s, it changed from a one-party military dictatorship dominated by the Kuomintang to a multi-party democracy with a semi-presidential system. Taiwan is the 22nd-largest economy in the world, and its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy. It is ranked highly in terms of freedom of the press, healthcare, public education, economic freedom, and human development. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most highly educated countries in the world with one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree.

The PRC has consistently claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and asserted the ROC is no longer in legitimate existence. Under its One-China policy the PRC refuses diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes the ROC. Today, 17 countries maintain official ties with the ROC but many other states maintain unofficial ties through representative offices and institutions that function as de facto embassies and consulates. Although Taiwan is fully self-governing, most international organizations in which the PRC participates either refuse to grant membership to Taiwan or allow it to participate only as a non-state actor. Internally, the major division in politics is between the aspirations of eventual Chinese unification or Taiwanese independence, though both sides have moderated their positions to broaden their appeal. The PRC has threatened the use of military force in response to any formal declaration of independence by Taiwan or if PRC leaders decide that peaceful unification is no longer possible. The PRC and ROC standoff dates from the Chinese Civil War and has extended through the first, second and third Taiwan Strait crises to the present day.

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Read more on Government of Taiwan, Taiwan Tourism, LonelyPlanet.com – Taiwan, Taiwanese cuisine, Culture of Taiwan, Cultural history of Taiwan, Ministry of Culture – Potential World Heritage Sites in Taiwan, Taiwanese Wave, Cinema of Taiwan, Political status of Taiwan, Cross-Strait relations, Territorial disputes in the South China Sea (Taiwan News, 4 October 2019: Petition demanding Germany open diplomatic relations with Taiwan exceeds threshold, Taipei Times, 5 October 2019: Petition on Taiwan ties reaches German threshold, CNN, 14 January 2020: Taiwan has slipped through China’s fingers, but will Beijing ever admit it?, The Guardian, 15 January 2020: Tsai Ing-wen says China must ‘face reality’ of Taiwan’s independence, France24, 15 January 2020: Taiwan ‘already independent’, Tsai warns China, BBC, 24 January 2021: Taiwan reports ‘large incursion’ by Chinese warplanes for second day, Al Jazeera, 28 January 2021: China warns Taiwan independence ‘means war’, ABC News Australia, 28 January 2021: China toughens its stance on Taiwan, declaring any attempt at independence will lead to war, Al Jazeera, 30 January 2021: US slams China’s ‘destabilising’ South China Sea military flights, DW, 25 March 2021: Can China impose military force against Taiwan?, Al Jazeera, 26 March 2021: Taiwan reports largest ever incursion by Chinese air force, The Guardian, 26 March 2021: Taiwan: Incursion by 20 Chinese military aircraft reported, CNN, 7 April 2021: China flanks Taiwan with military exercises in air and sea, Jerusalem Post, 7 April 2021: China sends more jets; Taiwan says it will fight to the end if there’s war, Reuters, 7 April 2021: Taiwan says India helped Paraguay get vaccines after China pressure, Reuters, 8 April 2021: China says U.S. to blame for tensions over Taiwan, The New York Times, 8 April 2021: Biden Backs Taiwan, but Some Call for a Clearer Warning to China, Politico.eu, 10 April 2021: Western countries ‘regret’ Russia’s rebuff of meeting on Ukraine, The Guardian, 11 April 2021: US: Blinken warns against Chinese aggression on Taiwan, Politico.com, 11 April 2021: Trudeau government threatens Halifax Security Forum over proposed Taiwan award, The Hill, 7 May 2021: Blinken calls for Taiwan to join World Health Assembly in opposition to China, Foreign Affairs, 3 June 2021: The Taiwan Temptation, The Sunday Times, 20 June 2021: Chest-thumping Xi marks regime’s centenary with Taiwan show of force, Global Times, 6 September 2021: European Parliament clamors for tougher line on China (this is how China’s state propaganda looks like), BBC, 6 September 2021: Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone, The Guardian, 2 October 2021: Taiwan: China flies record 38 planes over Taiwan defence zone in national day show of force, Times of Israel, 2 October 2021: Taiwan rages as China sends record 38 jets into its defense zone, France24, 2 October 2021: Taiwan slams largest-ever incursion by Chinese into air defence zone, DW, 2 October 2021: Taiwan rebukes China over largest ever air incursion, The Guardian, 3 October 2021: Taiwan: Chinese planes fly over defence zone in second day of record show of force, CNN, 3 October 2021: China sends 77 warplanes into Taiwan defense zone over two days, Taipei says, BBC, 3 October 2021: US concerned by China military jets near Taiwan, The Times, 4 October 2021: Taipei warns of war as China steps up harassment of Taiwan, The Guardian, 4 October 2021: Taiwan: Ministry reports record Chinese incursions into its air defence zone, CNN, 4 October 2021: China sent 52 warplanes into Taiwan defense zone on Monday, Taipei says, The Times, 5 October 2021: War could be triggered at any time, says Beijing, The Guardian, 5 October 2021: Taiwan: President warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if island falls to China, CNN, 5 October 2021: 5 things to know about China’s record surge of warplanes near Taiwan, The Hill, 5 October 2021: Biden and Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement, The Guardian, 6 October 2021: Taiwan: China could mount full-scale invasion by 2025, island’s defence minister says, CNN, 6 October 2021: China could mount ‘full-scale’ invasion of Taiwan by 2025, The Times, 8 October 2021: Taiwan vows to defend freedom at all costs, The Guardian, 8 October 2021: Taiwan Secret group of US military trainers has been in country for at least a year, France24, 8 October 2021: US special ops forces secretly training Taiwan’s military, says Pentagon official, Gulf Times, 9 October 2021: China’s Xi says reunification with Taiwan ‘will be realised’ (the Taiwanese are being threatened with being forced into the Chinese dictatorship like Hong Kong), Al Arabiya, 9 October 2021: Explainer: How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions, What are US, EU roles?, The Guardian, 9 October 2021: Taiwan: Xi Jinping vows to fulfil ‘reunification’ with China by peaceful means, CNN, 9 October 2021: Chinese President Xi Jinping vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan by peaceful means, BBC, 9 October 2021: China’s Xi vows ‘reunification’ with Taiwan, France24, 9 October 2021: China’s President Xi vows peaceful ‘reunification’ with Taiwan, The Sunday Times, 10 October 2021: Taiwan will not bow to China, vows Tsai Ing-wen during national day celebrations, The Times, 15 October 2021: China fortifies three military airbases facing Taiwan, CNN, 15 October 2021: A region on edge, BBC, 15 October 2021: Ros Atkins on… China-Taiwan tensions, France24, 17 October 2021: China slams US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait, DW, 21 October 2021: MEPs push for ‘upgrade’ in EU-Taiwan ties, The Times, 21 October 2021: United States will defend Taiwan against China, Biden declares, The Times, 25 October 2021: China warns US over independence signals to Taiwan (as an independent state, Taiwan can of course apply for membership in the UN at any time. The “one-state policy” that the international community has tolerated in favor of China for decades has been forfeited by China itself), DW, 27 October 2021: China says Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations, The Times, 28 October 2021: US troops are training in Taiwan, president confirms, Jerusalem Post, 28 October 2021: Taiwan president confirms US troops training soldiers on island – CNN, France24, 28 October 2021: Biden stresses ‘rock solid’ US commitment to Taiwan at East Asia Summit, The Times, 28 October 2021: Taiwan is relying more and more on American protection, France24, 28 October 2021: Taiwan president confirms small US military training presence, France24, 30 October 2021: With heightened rhetoric, is US moving away from ‘strategic ambiguity’ on Taiwan? (it should be kept in mind, that China isn’t only a threat to Taiwan, but to every democratic country. Just have a look at what Tibet, Hong Kong, etc. have become), Politico.eu, 30 October 2021: Beijing warns G20 nations they’ll ‘pay a price’ for backing Taiwan, DW, 3 November 2021: Taiwan receives first-ever official EU delegation, France24, 3 November 2021: European Parliament delegation visits Taiwan amid tensions with China, Reuters, 3 November 2021: Taiwan welcomes first official European Parliament delegation, Politico.eu, 4 November 2021: Beijing fires warning at EU after MEPs meet Taiwan president, Jerusalem Post, 5 November 2021: China to hold Taiwan independence supporters criminally liable for life, Politico.com, 5 November 2021: Congress pressures Biden to defend Taiwan, Reuters, 9 November 2021: Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbours, warns of ‘grave’ threat, DW, 9 November 2021: Taiwan: China is using ‘gray zone’ tactics to take control, DW, 14 November 2021: US, China trade Taiwan warnings ahead of Biden-Xi summit, The Times, 15 November 2021: Support for Taiwan is a threat to peace, Chinese President Xi warns Joe Biden, Foreign Policy, 18 November 2021: Pentagon Quietly Puts More Troops in Taiwan, Politico.eu, 21 November 2021: China downgrades Lithuania’s diplomatic status over Taiwan row (all EU states should help Taiwan to open embassies on their soil), DW, 21 November 2021: China downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania, France24, 24 November 2021: Biden invites Taiwan to its democracy summit, sparking China rebuke (that the Chinese leadership has nothing to do with democracy isn’t that surprising), Politico.com, 26 November 2021: U.S. lawmakers visit Taiwan; China conducts military patrols, CNN, 27 November 2021: Why wiping out Hong Kong’s opposition may have cost China a whole generation in Taiwan, DW, 28 November 2021: Taiwan scrambles fighter jets after China sends aircraft, The Guardian, 30 November 2021: China: UK spy chief suggests China risks ‘miscalculation’ over Taiwan, France24, 12 December 2021: As EU-Taiwan ties deepen, cybersecurity is front and centre, The Times, 13 December 2021: Taiwan fears Chinese invasion by 2025, Al Arabiya, 2 January 2022: In New Year’s speech, Taiwan president warns China against ‘military adventurism’, The Hill, 8 January 2022: Beijing government fines 7-Eleven more than $7,000 for listing Taiwan as a country, The Atlantic, 13 January 2022: China Is Watching Ukraine With a Lot of Interest, France24, 17 January 2022: Chinese ambassador to France: Beijing has ‘not ruled out use of force’ against Taiwan, CNN, 23 January 2022: US and Japan show off naval might; dozens of Chinese warplanes fly near Taiwan, DW, 23 January 2022: Taiwan detects 39 Chinese warplanes, scrambles jets, Jerusalem Post, 24 January 2022: Two US carriers enter S. China Sea, to ‘counter malign influence’, The Times, 27 January 2022: China punishes Slovenia for ties with Taiwan, The Washington Post, 29 January 2022: Lithuania stood with Taiwan against China. Europe and the U.S. should stand with Lithuania., CNN, 30 January 2022: Vilnius stands up to Beijing, France24, 8 February 2022: US approves $100 million arms sale to Taiwan for missile upgrades, CNN, 23 February 2022: China’s leaders may be watching Ukraine with an eye on Taiwan, DW, 4 March 2022: US should recognize ‘free’ Taiwan, says ex-top diplomat Pompeo, CNN, 8 March 2022: Taiwan watches China as China and the world watch Ukraine, Politico.eu, 14 March 2022: Will Taiwan be the next Ukraine?, DW, 15 March 2022: Taiwan’s military tests new capabilities to deter China threat, The Times, 29 March 2022: Taiwan believes Ukraine fiasco will delay Chinese invasion for years, The Sunday Times, 3 April 2022: Taiwan’s survival ‘crucial for the existence of global democracy’, DW, 6 April 2022: Taiwan: US approves potential sale of air defense system worth €87 million, Politico.eu, 13 April 2022: Czech foreign minister eyes closer ties with ‘bullied’ Taiwan, Al Arabiya, 15 April 2022: China conducts military drills around Taiwan in response to US, Jerusalem Post, 4 May 2022: Taiwan takes lessons, inspiration from Ukraine’s existential fight, Al Arabiya, 6 May 2022: Taiwan jets scramble as China air force enters air defense zone, The Times, 9 May 2022: China ‘encircles’ Taiwan during military drills, CNN, 10 May 2022: US intelligence officials warn China is ‘working hard’ to be able to take over Taiwan militarily, The Hill, 10 May 2022: China ‘learning lessons’ from Russia war in Ukraine, intelligence officials say, NPR, 16 May 2022: California church shooter was motivated by hate for Taiwanese people, officials say, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022: Laguna Woods shooting was a hate crime targeting Taiwanese people, sheriff says, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022: Laguna Woods church and community leaders join together to denounce politically motivated violence, France24, 23 May 2022: Ukraine today, Taiwan tomorrow? Tensions mount between US and China over Taiwan, CNN, 24 May 2022: What you need to know about China-Taiwan tensions, The Times, 24 May 2022: Joe Biden: US will defend Taiwan if China invades, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022: Fears of a Chinese invasion have Taiwanese civilians taking up target practice, CNN, 27 May 2022: Expert: China learning a lesson from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Jerusalem Post, 30 May 2022: Taiwan jets scramble as 30 Chinese aircraft enter air defense zone, The Times, 30 May 2022: China flexes naval muscle with huge new aircraft carrier, CNN, 1 June 2022: China has the power to take Taiwan, but it would cost an extremely bloody price, The Guardian, 4 June 2022: Taiwan: Hundreds gather to mark Tiananmen Square anniversary, Al Arabiya, 10 June 2022: China will ‘not hesitate to start a war’ over Taiwan: Defense spokesman, DW, 11 June 2022: US slams China’s ‘destabilizing’ military activity near Taiwan, BBC, 11 June 2022: China warns Taiwan independence would trigger war, The New York Times, 12 June 2022: They Inhabited Separate Worlds in Taiwan. Decades Later, They Collided in a California Church., CNN, 12 June 2022: China blasts US ‘bully’, says it will ‘fight to the end’ for Taiwan, France24, 12 June 2022: China says it ‘will fight to the very end’ to stop Taiwanese independence, DW, 12 June 2022: China’s defense chief warns Beijing would ‘fight to the end’ to stop Taiwan’s independence, DW, 15 June 2022: Taiwan: Has the risk of war increased following new China warnings?, DW, 6 July 2022: Taiwanese line up to learn self-defense after Russia’s Ukraine invasion, The Atlantic, 25 July 2022: A Russian Defeat in Ukraine Could Save Taiwan, CNN, 25 July 2022: China’s response to Pelosi’s potential Taiwan visit could be ‘unprecedented’ but military conflict unlikely, experts say (when 80-something grandmother Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, the Chinese should really pee their pants. The lady is very resolute), Al Arabiya, 26 July 2022: Explainer: Why is US House Speaker’s Pelosi visit to Taiwan causing tension?, The National, 26 July 2022: China comments about any Nancy Pelosi Taiwan trip ‘unnecessary’, US says, Foreign Policy, 26 July 2022: What Does Nancy Pelosi Think She’s Doing in Taiwan?, CNN, 26 July 2022: Biden administration working behind the scenes to convince Pelosi of the risks of traveling to Taiwan, Al Arabiya, 26 July 2022: White House berates China’s ‘bellicosity’ after threats against Pelosi, The Atlantic, 27 July 2022: Nancy Pelosi Shows Beijing Must Change Course, CNN, 27 July 2022: China commentator warns of ‘shocking military response’ if Pelosi visits Taiwan (the Chinese really wet their pants. Cool), The Guardian, 27 July 2022: ‘A dangerous moment’: China warns of consequences if Pelosi visits Taiwan, CNN, 27 July 2022: Pentagon working to develop security plan for Pelosi ahead of possible trip to Taiwan, The Hill, 27 July 2022: Pelosi inviting members of Congress for Taiwan trip, The Times, 27 July 2022: China warns of ‘forceful responses’ as Pelosi prepares to visit Taiwan, Al Arabiya, 27 July 2022: US official warns Asian aggressors will face Western might, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022: Pelosi’s Taiwan visit tests U.S.-China ties as Biden looks to ease tensions with Xi, NPR, 28 July 2022: Biden and China’s Xi discuss tensions over Taiwan, CNN, 28 July 2022: Taiwan holds massive Han Kuang military drills as tensions with China build, The National, 28 July 2022: Xi warns Biden not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan, The Guardian, 28 July 2022: China: Xi Jinping tells Joe Biden not to ‘play with fire’ over Taiwan in two-hour call, CNN, 28 July 2022: Biden speaks with China’s Xi as tension grows over Taiwan, DW, 28 July 2022: Biden, Xi hold talks as concerns over Pelosi visiting Taiwan grow, Politico.eu, 28 July 2022: Europe can stop Taiwan from becoming the next Ukraine, Al Arabiya, 28 July 2022: Biden, China’s Xi discuss face-to-face meeting as tensions rise over Taiwan, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022: Why Nancy Pelosi’s possible Taiwan visit could be a problem — for Taiwan, Politico.com, 29 July 2022: Pelosi to leave for Asia amid Chinese threats over Taiwan stop, France24, 29 July 2022: China accuses US of double standards over relations with Taiwan and Ukraine (ridiculous. Taiwan is a sovereign state and of course has the right to self-defense against the aggressor China, just as every sovereign country in the world has, including Ukraine against the aggressor Russia), CNN, 29 July 2022: Pelosi departing for Asia on Friday, but Taiwan stop still uncertain, New York Post, 30 July 2022: Chinese propagandist deletes tweet warning Nancy Pelosi’s plane could get shot down (funny. Now at least the whole world knows how much power Nancy Pelosi actually has. She hasn’t set a toe on Taiwanese sovereign territory yet, but Xi Jinping’s Minions have been peeing their pants for the past two weeks straight. This isn’t just “pussy power,” it’s pure and plain power. Awesome), DW, 30 July 2022: China announces military drills in Taiwan Strait, CNN, 30 July 2022: What does Taiwan think about the possibility of a visit by Nancy Pelosi?, NPR, 30 July 2022: China announces military exercises as Pelosi’s possible trip to Taiwan looms, CNN, 30 July 2022: China to hold live-fire exercises in waters near Fujian, opposite Taiwan, The Guardian, 30 July 2022: China: Beijing conducts military exercises off Taiwan after warning Pelosi to scrap visit, DW, 30 July 2022: Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip would be ‘high risk, low reward’, The National, 31 July 2022: Nancy Pelosi confirms Asia trip, but no mention of Taiwan, France24, 31 July 2022: Pelosi confirms Asia tour but silent on possibility of Taiwan trip, Politico.com, 31 July 2022: Pelosi confirms trip to Asia but doesn’t mention Taiwan, CNN, 31 July 2022: Pelosi stops in Hawaii and reveals her Asia plans. But no mention of Taiwan, The New York Times, 31 July 2022: Pelosi Heads for Singapore, but Is Silent on Taiwan, Arab News, 31 July 2022: Pelosi confirms trip to Asia, but no mention of Taiwan, CNN, 1 August 2022: ‘Win hearts and minds’ in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Chinese leader Xi urges Communist Party (in what parallel universe would the Chinese dictatorship be able to win the trust of the people of Hong Kong and the Republic of Taiwan? In Hong Kong, the Chinese installed a puppet government that accompanied the transition from democracy to the Chinese dictatorship and handed over their own people to the Chinese gangs of murderers. Of course, this has also been observed very closely in Taiwan, where, quite rightly, they have always had absolutely no trust in China. The only way to regain some confidence would be to give Hong Kong citizens back their democratic rights and fully implement the agreed motto of “One People, Two Systems” and finally leave the sovereign and democratic Republic of Taiwan alone. Understandably, the Taiwanese do not want anything to do with China and certainly do not want to end up under a Chinese dictatorship), The National, 1 August 2022: Nancy Pelosi seems set to visit Taiwan despite Beijing threats (after all the fuss the Chinese have created, she has little choice but to actually fly to Taiwan, even if she wouldn’t want to, just to send a clear signal “You will certainly never tell us who we are visiting and when. If we want to visit the sovereign and democratic Republic of Taiwan, then that’s exactly what we will do. Unlike in the communist dictatorship of China, the Taiwanese are free and, without coercion, opted for their sovereignty on their terms and rules. We support that, of course, as we support all democratic endeavors.”), CNN, 1 August 2022: Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese and US officials say, France24, 1 August 2022: US House Speaker Pelosi begins Asia tour amid tensions over Taiwan, CNN, 1 August 2022: White House warns China against escalations over Pelosi’s potential trip to Taiwan, BBC, 1 August 2022: China could make show of force if Pelosi visits Taiwan – US, CNN, 1 August 2022: What you need to know about Pelosi’s expected visit to Taiwan, The New York Times, 1 August 2022: Why Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Is Utterly Reckless, Foreign Policy, 1 August 2022: Pelosi’s Visit Risks Turning Taiwan Into a Political Football, Aides Worry, CNN, 1 August 2022: Expect a ‘colorful response’ from China over Pelosi Taiwan visit, says former Australia PM, The New York Times, 1 August 2022: U.S. Warns China Not to Turn Pelosi’s Expected Trip to Taiwan Into a ‘Crisis’, The Washington Post, 1 August 2022: White House warns China not to overreact to potential Pelosi visit to Taiwan, The New York Times, 2 August 2022: Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit Begins in the Shadow of China’s Warnings, The Washington Post, 2 August 2022: Pelosi meets Taiwanese president as China ramps up pressure on the island, Los Angeles Times, 2 August 2022: Why did Pelosi pick this moment to travel to Taiwan?, CNN, 2 August 2022: Pelosi expected to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese and US officials say, The New York Times, 2 August 2022: As Pelosi Departs Taiwan, China Gears Up for Military Drills (2022 visit by Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan), Financial Times, 2 August 2022: How decades of clashes with China led to Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip (of course, she has every right in the world to visit Taiwan whenever she wants. The so-called “One China” policy was obviously not thought through enough and now the necessary corrections are being made), CNBC, 2 August 2022: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meets Taiwan’s president despite China’s warnings, USA Today, 2 August 2022: Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, angering China, which warns she’s ‘playing with fire’, New York Magazine, 2 August 2022: Nancy Pelosi Is Creating a Global Military Crisis for No Reason at All, Politico.eu, 2 August 2022: China vows to encircle Taiwan with military drills in response to Pelosi’s visit, France24, 3 August 2022: ‘Taiwan will not back down,’ president vows as China readies military drills over Pelosi visit, BBC, 3 August 2022: Taiwan: Nancy Pelosi meets President Tsai to Beijing’s fury, NPR, 3 August 2022: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S. will not abandon Taiwan as China protests, The Wall Street Journal, 3 August 2022: Nancy Pelosi Visits Taiwan in Defiance of China: Live Updates, BBC, 3 August 2022: Taiwan: Pelosi leaves Taipei to sound of Chinese fury, The Guardian, 3 August 2022: China cannot stop other world leaders visiting Taiwan, says Nancy Pelosi, Politico.com, 3 August 2022: Pelosi jabs at Xi before leaving Taiwan, BBC, 3 August 2022: China-Taiwan: As China broods, Taiwan is in a ‘Pelosi lovefest’, France24, 3 August 2022: ‘Old Witch’, ‘Pelosi get out of Taiwan!’: Public billboards hacked on US Speaker’s visit (Xi Jinping’s minions are all whiny nancy’s and they proof it on a daily basis), The Atlantic, 3 August 2022: The Gamble of Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan, CNN, 3 August 2022: Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan was the most-tracked of all time, Flightradar24 says, France24, 3 August 2022: Chinese fighter jets cross into Taiwan’s air defence zone in wake of Pelosi visit, CNN, 3 August 2022: Pelosi’s Taiwan trip is another knock to China’s yuan, Reuters, 3 August 2022: Taiwan visit caps Nancy Pelosi’s long history of confronting Beijing, CNN, 3 August 2022: China hits Taiwan with trade restrictions after Pelosi visit, The Economist, 3 August 2022: Nancy Pelosi has left Taiwan. The real crisis may be just beginning, The Guardian, 3 August 2022: Taiwan: China to begin series of unprecedented live-fire drills off coast, CNN, 3 August 2022: Pelosi angers China but Taiwan, not the US, may pay the higher price, The National, 3 August 2022: Even after death, Ayman Al Zawahiri’s influence will remain, Al Arabiya, 3 August 2022: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs Taiwan after meeting President Tsai Ing-wen, NPR, 3 August 2022: Pelosi’s Taiwan trip leaves Asian countries nervously awaiting China’s response, The Guardian, 3 August 2022: In Taiwan, as in Ukraine, the west is flirting with disaster, The National, 3 August 2022: China prepares for military drills near Taiwan after Pelosi visit, Al Arabiya, 3 August 2022: Pelosi knocks China one last time before leaving Taiwan, The New York Times, 3 August 2022: Welcomed by Taiwan, Pelosi Leaves Rising Tensions With China in Her Wake, The Guardian, 3 August 2022: Pelosi’s Taiwan trip could have significant consequences for global economy, DW, 3 August 2022: China, Taiwan, the US: A long, complicated relationship, Politico.com, 4 August 2022: U.S. firms eye Taiwan exit on Chinese invasion risk, The New Yorker, 4 August 2022: The Provocative Politics of Nancy Pelosi’s Trip to Taiwan, The New York Times, 4 August 2022: With 5 Missiles, China Sends Stark Signal to Japan and U.S. on Taiwan, NPR, 4 August 2022: China fires waves of missiles over the Taiwan Strait, raising tensions in the region, DW, 4 August 2022: How does the US support Taiwan militarily?, The Guardian, 4 August 2022: Live: US watching Chinese military drills ‘very closely’ as ballistic missiles fired into Taiwan strait, The National, 4 August 2022: China ‘has chosen to overreact’ to Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, White House says, DW, 4 August 2022: Pelosi meets leaders in South Korea, visits DMZ after contentious Taiwan trip, CNN, 4 August 2022: ‘It’s clearly intimidation’: See what China did after Pelosi left Taiwan, Politico.com, 4 August 2022: U.S. firms eye Taiwan exit on Chinese invasion risk, The New York Times, 4 August 2022: China Sends Ships and Planes Toward Taiwan, Defying Rising Criticism, DW, 4 August 2022: China begins live-fire drills around Taiwan, CNN, 4 August 2022: US postponed missile test due to heightened tensions with China over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, France24, 4 August 2022: China conducts precision missile strikes near Taiwan after Pelosi visit, BBC, 4 August 2022: China fires missiles near Taiwan after Pelosi visit, CNN, 4 August 2022: Blinken says he hopes ‘Beijing will not manufacture a crisis’ after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, The Times, 4 August 2022: China unleashes missiles in show of fury at Taiwan, Politico.com, 4 August 2022: U.S. orders aircraft carrier to remain in the region amid China-Taiwan tensions, The Guardian, 5 August 2022: Live: China halts cooperation with US over climate and military issues after sending missiles over Taiwan island (Maoism didn’t work. Neither will Xiism. The self-isolation initiated by Xi Jinping from the only world power in the world (and thus ultimately also from its allies) harms China itself more than the USA. A while ago, this blog also pointed out the danger of a block formation or “bipolar world” (USA on the one hand, China on the other). The warning is now increasingly becoming a reality. One can and must assume that the Chinese leadership is only using Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as an excuse to further accelerate this development originating in China. It was of course to be expected that the conflict with China would escalate sooner or later. After all, Xi Jinping has been brawling for years. So far, the EU and the federal states in particular have once again reacted far too little to the challenges. They will now have to make up for it in a hurry. This includes above all the relocation of productions of all kinds to Europe in order to be able to guarantee the security of supply with primary products), NPR, 5 August 2022: China’s military drills around Taiwan show how it is closing the gap with the U.S., The Times, 5 August 2022: China shuns co-operation with US over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, The Hill, 5 August 2022: China halts climate, military cooperation with US over Pelosi visit, NPR, 5 August 2022: China halts climate and military dialogue with the U.S. over Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, CNN, 5 August 2022: China suspends cooperation with US on range of issues, sanctions Pelosi over Taiwan trip, Politico.eu, 5 August 2022: China sanctions Nancy Pelosi over ‘provocative’ Taiwan trip, France24, 5 August 2022: China to sanction Pelosi, US calls Chinese military escalation unjustified, CNN, 5 August 2022: China fires missiles towards Taiwan strait in drill after Pelosi visit, The Hill, 5 August 2022: Chinese ambassador called to White House amid tensions over Pelosi Taiwan visit, CNN, 5 August 2022: China sends warships and jets close to Taiwan and sparks alert in Japan as tensions rise, The New York Times, 5 August 2022: U.S. Seeks to Reassure Asian Allies as China’s Military Grows Bolder, CNN, 5 August 2022: Some nationalists felt China did too little to counter Pelosi. 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