Empty threats? Fears grow as China fumes over possible Pelosi visit to Taiwan

Posted on AllSides July 28th, 2022
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While China’s statements over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible trip to Taiwan do not stray too far from what it has been saying for decades, insiders in Beijing and Washington worry that they are not empty threats.

“It’s a tough call for the administration,” said Michael Green of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, who helped shape Asia policy as a senior official in the George W. Bush administration.

“If they pressure Pelosi to back down, they will invite greater Chinese threats and pressure in the future and increase the...

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