It may simply be a question of timing, media attention, and the direct involvement of the #2 person in the line of POTUS succession, but the arrival today of a House Speaker Pelosi-led U.S. delegation in Taiwan is stirring global controversy and geopolitical tensions. The reality is there are always regular and frequent visits by U.S. officials to Taiwan in what is an open, transparent, and healthy regional alliance between the U.S. and the island country (home to the semiconductor manufacturing behemoth Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited [TSMC]).
But perception and the media cycle do matter in our current information ecosystem. We thought the best version of OODA Loop ‘coverage’ of the trip by Pelosi et. al. is to return to our Fall 2021 Stratigame. The objective here is a “cheat sheet” of questions the OODA Loop readership should bring to bear in their analysis of the impact of the visit – a list of alternative, more sophisticated framing of the issues at hand. Our analysis is neither prescriptive nor predictive but offers a framing of the issues which achieves better and more informed questions and insights about the impact of this geopolitical maelstrom.
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