The visit by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to Taiwan in August 2022 and the ensuing military drills and diplomatic retaliation by China have revived international tensions in East Asia. The Biden administration has vowed to defend the island, while the US Congress has been very active in sending delegations to Taiwan. Less known is that Europe too has stepped up its engagement with Taiwan to a level unthinkable only a few years ago – a dynamic which is welcomed in Washington but risks triggering commercial reprisals from Beijing. If not managed carefully, such actions threaten to reduce the EU’s diplomatic leeway and ability to contribute to a peaceful solution of cross-Strait relations.
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