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V34: Taiwan: Dialogue, Crisis or War?

August , 2022


Strait Talk

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.

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  • However, the torrents in the “dire strait” are far from settling down, and crisis stability has yet to be achieved.

    Da Wei

    Professor and Director of Center for International Strategy and Security, Tsinghua University
  • But surprisingly, except for Dr. Henry Kissinger and a few others, very few have highlighted the fact that a war over the Taiwan Strait would be between two artificial intelligence (AI) superpowers.

    Cheng Li

    Director of John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
  • From the Chinese perspective, the Pelosi visit wasn't an isolated incident. Rather, it reflects the U.S. side’s long-term strategic purpose of changing the status quo and containing China by playing the Taiwan card.

    Zhao Minghao

    Professor Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
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