China used the stopover at Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an opportunity to up its ante in South East Asia. But, developments in the region over the past few weeks have shown how provocative and aggressive China’s dealings with its neighbors, near and far, are in real terms.
Taiwan And Taiwan Strait
Unable to dissuade the veteran politician from calling on Taipei with aggressive warnings, Beijing resorted to high-level military drills in the region. Its display of displeasure and military power left no doubt that Taiwan was considered an integral part of China under its ‘One country, two systems’ doctrine – a status quo acknowledged by many nations.