Taiwan deserves a clear-eyed assessment of the potential for war

The U.S. and its allies should signal in no uncertain terms that dragging the world into war over Taiwan would impose severe costs on China

Taiwan deserves a clear-eyed assessment of the potential for warThe increase in Chinese military activity near Taiwan over the past year has engendered a tremendous amount of commentary and analysis from various circles, professional and not. With People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft intruding into Taiwan’s southern Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) occurring on a near-daily basis, and with record-breaking numbers in some instances, the…

Taiwan must avoid the self-inflicted wounds of unbridled polarization

All sides must tone down the rhetoric, put an end to the outbreak of disinformation, and take stock of what is in the national interest

Taiwan must avoid the self-inflicted wounds of unbridled polarizationAlthough frequent manoeuvres by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and martial signalling by Beijing have contributed to a sense of imminent crisis in the Taiwan Strait, a far more insidious (and potentially devastating) phenomenon has received little attention in international media. Like termites, political polarization eats away at a society’s ability to function as a…

Referring to the Taiwan dispute as a “question” dehumanizing

Apologists for Chinese aggression are advocating the annexation of one of the most successful examples of democratization in modern times

Referring to the Taiwan dispute as a “question” dehumanizingTime and again in academic works, newspaper articles and public comments, the dispute in the Taiwan Strait, which stems from Beijing’s longstanding claims of sovereignty over Taiwan, has been referred to as the “Taiwan question” or, alternatively, the “Taiwan issue.” Whether by design or intellectual sloppiness, this designation of Taiwan – of Taiwan’s fate, in…

Biden can’t go back to a pre-Trump China policy

Xi has changed the game, and the U.S. needs to maintain "ambiguity" while constantly adapting to avoid war in the Taiwan Strait

Biden can’t go back to a pre-Trump China policyIn recent months, a number of American security analysts have argued that the United States’ longstanding use of “strategic ambiguity” in the Taiwan Strait has outlived its utility. For example, in widely reported remarks, retired U.S. Adm. James Stavridis posited that “the longstanding U.S. policy of ‘strategic ambiguity,’ supporting Taiwan militarily without a formal commitment…