Skip to content

How did the world’s two most powerful nations find themselves in a hair-raising crisis that could spill into a military conflict? The strangest aspect of the current conflict over Taiwan is how predictable it was.

Fareed Zakaria Washington Post
Fareed Zakaria Washington Post

Taiwan has been known to be the most sensitive issue for the United States and China, one that has been carefully managed for five decades. And recent visit to the island by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — which triggered the current conflict — was something she signaled she intended to do months ago.

Read the full opinion at

Join the Conversation

We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions.