I called my mom in Taipei last week to ask how she felt about Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. I told her the US speaker of the house is not visiting Taiwan for the wellbeing of the Taiwanese people; that it has more to do with American self-interest and the US sphere of interest in the Asia-Pacific.

My mom knew this line of analysis well enough; Taiwan has over a dozen political TV talkshows churning out nonstop analysis across the political spectrum. She replied: well, we are small and weak, we need someone to lean on...

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