NEGATIVE NANCY? - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week may well have inflamed already-strained relations between the U.S. and China and China and Taiwan. But lawyers told International’s Jessica Seah that local and foreign businesses in Taiwan are not panicking, as they are very familiar with the risks and challenges that come with operating in Taiwan. “The reaction within Taiwan is actually quite muted as they’ve been putting up with cross-strait stress over the course of 70 plus years,” said John Eastwood, a partner at Taipei-based Eiger, a full-service law firm that also has an office in Shanghai. Eastwood added that he had not seen any foreign investors or European or American companies taking major steps or making changes in reaction to the military exercises and threats coming out of Beijing.


“The snapback in wanting people to come back to the office is real, and it is interesting.”