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The two words that are essential to avoiding war over Taiwan

Singapore: As Nancy Pelosi prepared to board her plane to leave Taiwan on Wednesday night, Chinese state media was working overtime to justify all the fuss.

“The Chinese people are infuriated by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the Taiwan Island,” thundered China Daily as Pelosi took off.

  • Eryk Bagshaw
  • WAtoday

“But are generally optimistic and confident in China’s ability to handle the situation and thwart any secession efforts by Taiwan separatist forces and foreign interference.”

The first sentence tells us of the scale of mainland outrage – manufactured or otherwise – at Pelosi’s 18-hour trip to Taipei, which ended with Taiwanese exports being sanctioned and…

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