House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled with a delegation to Taiwan this week, where she met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Taiwan lawmakers despite aggressive rhetoric and threats from the Chinese Communist Party.


Pelosi, who was the first speaker to visit Taiwan since former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., visited in 1997, tweeted about the trip: “Our discussions with Taiwan leadership reaffirm our support for our partner & promote our shared interests, including advancing a free & open Indo-Pacific region.”


“It’s really important that she do it, a speaker of the house going to Taiwan, demonstrating American support for Taiwan. It’s doubly important to do it once a Chinese called her out for it,” Walter Lohman, the director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, says. (The Daily Signal is Heritage‚Äôs multimedia news organization.)


Walter joins the podcast to discuss Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, if the United States should change its policy toward Taiwan, and if he predicts the visit will spark World War III.


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