After Pelosi Visit, Most Indo-Pacific Countries Back Beijing (foreignpolicy.com)
Almost the entire region backs China—but the regime’s behavior has also crystallized support for Taiwan.
By Derek Grossman, a senior defense analyst at the Rand Corp.
AUGUST 22, 2022, 12:34 PM
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this month prompted China to conduct unprecedented military drills that included surrounding the island on all sides, firing missiles over it, and taking other highly aggressive steps. Heightened tensions in the Taiwan Strait also elicited responses from other nations in the Indo-Pacific that predictably and overwhelmingly upheld Beijing’s “One China” principle—that Taiwan is part of mainland China. Pelosi’s trip made it equally clear, however, that key U.S. allies strongly support Taiwan’s cause as well, particularly in the face of a potential war over the island, suggesting that Beijing’s assertive behavior is steadily alienating nations that otherwise may have minded their own business.
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