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China is more concerned about microchips than about Pelosi

Washington can avoid drift toward conflict by assuring Beijing about supplies

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a news conference on July 29. The spirals of hostility that can lead to war are choices, not given realities.   © AP

Dale Copeland is professor of international affairs at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at the Miller Center there.

Why has Taiwan become such a flashpoint over the last year and a half?

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