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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during Taiwan National Day celebrations in Taipei last October. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Explainer: the complex question of Taiwanese independence

Is “strategic ambiguity” still the least-worst option for dealing with competing claims about Taiwan?
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation leave Taipei on August 3, 2022. Taiwanese Foreign Ministry/Handout/Andalou Agency via Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit sparked international tension, but isn’t likely to shake up her popularity with Chinese American voters at home in San Francisco

While Chinese American voters are not a homogeneous group, many people who have ancestral ties to the region are unlikely to question their support for Nancy Pelosi just because of her Taiwan trip.
Will she visit Taiwan or not? Either way, China has made its views known. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Why the big fuss over Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan?

The White House has distanced itself from the US House speaker’s potential visit to Taiwan. But does it still signal a shift in policy over diplomatic ties with the island?
A military officer salutes during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Friday essay: if growing US-China rivalry leads to ‘the worst war ever’, what should Australia do?

Hugh White warns of a potential war between the US and China, drawing lessons from the first and second world wars to explore how Australia might respond to such a conflict – and where to draw a line.

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