Nancy Pelosi made a visit to Taiwan this week. It wasn’t exactly a surprise—we all knew it was happening—but it wasn’t announced, and it wasn’t quite official either. Beijing has gone a little bit crazy. There are military exercises taking place off the coast of Taiwan in response. There are threats of war. There was even talk of shooting down Pelosi’s plane.

To talk it all through, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Sophia Yan, Beijing correspondent for the Telegraph; Julian Ku, professor of law at Hofstra University; and Zack Cooper of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. They talked about why Pelosi went, about how Beijing reacted, and whether it’s all bluster or whether this is the real deal. They also talked about what we can expect to happen over the next few months and how we can deescalate the situation over the next few days.