The controversy over Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan trip, explained

Is the U.S. risking a war with China?

Nancy Pelosi
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Is Nancy Pelosi going to provoke a war with China?

The House Speaker, a California Democrat, reportedly plans to visit Taiwan in August, throwing the already-tense relationship between China and the United States into something of a tizzy. Beijing — which considers Taiwan a breakaway province — has reportedly issued "private warnings" to U.S. officials against Pelosi's trip. And some of the warnings have been not so private: "If the U.S. side is bent on going its own way, China will take strong measures to resolutely respond and counteract," Chinese government spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday.

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Joel Mathis, The Week US

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who has spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His work also regularly appears in National Geographic, The Kansas City Star and Heatmap News. His awards include best online commentary at the Online News Association and (twice) at the City and Regional Magazine Association.