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Ignore the naysayers, Nancy Pelosi. Go to Taiwan.

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Nancy Pelosi is facing a lot of resistance regarding her proposed trip to Taiwan next month, both from the Chinese government and President Biden. The Democratic House speaker should ignore them and go anyway.

Taiwan has emerged as a flash point in the quiet global conflict between Communist China and the United States. The island is a thriving democracy and an important part of the free world’s economy. It dominates the crucial semiconductor market, for example, producing more than half of the world’s chips and an even higher share of the most advanced devices. The free world would be shaken if Taiwan were to fall into China’s grasp.

That’s exactly why Pelosi should go. Our Asian allies look to us to defend them against China’s threat, and a visit by Pelosi would signal that Taiwan’s quest to remain free is supported by top U.S. leaders. She would not need to say anything that contradicts prior U.S. policy, which has historically been ambiguous as to whether it would go to war to defend Taiwan if China invades. Her presence would simply send a........

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