Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan and how President Xi Jinping is formulating Beijing's responses have put the spotlight on whether the Chinese leader has the chops to handle such complex issues. In a sense, it is the final exam he must pass to win a third term as China's top leader this autumn.