August 02, 2022

Pelosi’s Taiwan trip ratchets up US-China tensions

Featuring Jacob Stokes

Source: The Hill

Journalist Morgan Chalfant

There is bipartisan support for Pelosi’s trip, with more than two dozen Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), backing her visit in a statement released Tuesday.

The trip is among an increasing number of U.S. delegations going to Taiwan, of which China has taken notice, said Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security who served on Biden’s national security staff when he was vice president.

“We’re in a little bit of a tit-for-tat dynamic where the U.S. is trying to respond to pressure that China is putting on Taiwan by bolstering support for Taiwan, but China sees that as additional reason to put more pressure on Taiwan,” Stokes said.

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Authors

  • Jacob Stokes

    Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Jacob Stokes is a Senior Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS, where his work focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian security affa...