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Lara Williams

Pelosi’s Visit Exposes Taiwan’s Vulnerabilities

Superiority in the semiconductor space won’t necessarily prevent the machinations of an authoritarian China.

China isn’t happy.

China isn’t happy.

Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi’s short trip to Taiwan didn’t go unnoticed, it’s safe to say.

While the world watched the US House speaker meet with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and pro-democracy activists, China’s reaction can only be described as furious. Saying “those who play with fire will perish by it,” the government responded with several days of intense military drills in the Taiwan Strait, then placed sanctions upon Pelosi and Taiwan