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My general sense of the whole Pelosi/Taiwan situation is, roughly speaking: showing support for Taiwan is a good thing, generally speaking. But it's also a touchy, dangerous subject where the implications need to be carefully considered in advance, and I'm very much not confident that Pelosi and her team have done that. Without that care, the visit is likely to do more harm than good.

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The fact that it's the Speaker of the House and not the President, Secretary of State, or even someone in Senate leadership doing this is, in itself, concerning, since the House is conventionally less involved in foreign affairs than the executive branch or the Senate. And executive branch comments about the trip don't make it sound like they're exactly on board with Pelosi's gambit, either.

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It's... unlikely that this is going to lead to war, no matter how much the Internet likes to assume every piece of international news presages WWIII. But it's also kind of hard to see how it actually helps either the US or Taiwan when the former doesn't seem united behind it or prepared for the backlash, and it just puts the latter at greater risk from their much more powerful belligerent neighbor.

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