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Oct 20, 2022

In the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high profile visit to Taiwan in August, public focus on the island has reached a crescendo as Chinese military maneuvers and government rhetoric continue to escalate. How has Taiwan dealt with the increased volatility? How has the war in Ukraine affected China’s decision-making going forward? Are Taiwan’s global economic ties and critical role in technology supply chains strong enough to help deter a wider conflict? Most importantly, what does it all mean for ordinary Taiwanese?

In a conversation moderated by Sara Newland on October 12, 2022, leading Taiwan experts Jessica Drun and Lev Nachman explore Taiwan’s complex dynamics and implications for the United States and the U.S.-China relationship.

2:07 How did Taiwanese respond to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit?

9:53 Is the war in Ukraine shifting behavior in Taiwan?

14:08 What's happening with the Taiwanese elections in 2022 and 2024?

18:23 What is the future of the KMT?

22:21 How has Taiwan capitalized on recent soft power wins?

26:38 What should people know about Taiwan?

About the speakers:

Follow Jessica Drun on Twitter: @jessicadrun

Follow Lev Nachman on Twitter: @lnachman32

Follow Sara Newland on Twitter: @NewlandSara

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