The Taiwan conflict is ongoing and remains a strain on Sino-US relations. The danger of an escalation, which would also have consequences for world politics, is greater than usual after US politician Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger even warns that the tensions could become “the greatest challenge facing mankind”. grow up. What is special about the conflict is that all sides should actually be interested in not resolving it. This has a lot to do with the history of the conflict and the special status of the island under international law.