Recent events in the Taiwan Strait have dominated recent news headlines around the world. They are also the main theme of the issue of Digest you are reading now, for obvious reasons.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August has created an outpouring of deep concern and possible dire consequences. Taiwan has become less secure, and efforts to stabilize deteriorating relations between People’s Republic of China and the United States have become more tenuous, putting the two major powers on a perilous path of confrontation with profound geopolitical implications.
The bulk of the commentaries by our contributors in this issue express strong sentiments as they address the clear and present dangers the situation presents. They provide historical context, assess the implications and explore answers and solutions that they readily admit are not easy.
Da Wei of Tsinghua University suggests that a “new equilibrium” needs to be achieved on the question of Taiwan — even if the task proves difficult. “We don’t have much time,” he says.