Nancy Pelosi has left Taiwan. The crisis is just beginning

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Guest: Joanna Chiu, staff reporter

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking American official to visit Taiwan in 25 years earlier this week. The visit lasted only 19 hours but was long enough to infuriate the Chinese government. Hours after Pelosi landed, Beijing announced unprecedented military drills off the coast of Taiwan. The standoff continued on Friday, with China suspending dialogue with the U.S. on a range of issues from climate change to military relations to cross border crime. Star reporter Joanna Chiu, Toronto Star staff reporter and author of author of the book “China Unbound,” explains the significance of this week’s visit, why there are worries about war and what an ensuing conflict could mean for Canada.

This episode was produced by Saba Eitizaz, Alexis Green and Matthew Hearn

Clip sources: CNN, The Sun, Yahoo News, Bloomberg, The Print

Saba Eitizaz is a co-host and producer on the Star’s podcast team. She is based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @sabaeitizaz

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