Speaking Of Asia

The mess Pelosi left for Asia

Taiwan’s space to manoeuvre diplomatically has shrunk rather than expanded, thanks to the US Speaker’s trip to Taipei, while the rest of Asia, including Japan and India, must now pick up the pieces.

Thanks to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan trip, the rest of Asia must now pick up the pieces, says the writer. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Without question, the spectacle of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arriving in Taiwan with more than a dozen US warplanes providing protective cover was an image that conveyed America's dominance of the global skies and ability to pursue its interests unilaterally.

Down below, the US Navy had positioned three large-deck ships along Mrs Pelosi's flight path - the USS Ronald Reagan, a veritable floating township with a contingent of more than 2,800 on board, and two large amphibious assault vessels.

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