Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Randolph Bourne Institute
Apr 28, 2023
The Taiwan stand-off between the island, China, and the U.S. has been a simmering point of tension for decades, but with anti-China rhetoric ratcheting up in the West, and bolder American overtures towards Taiwan’s elected leaders, the potential for open conflict seems more and more likely.
Zhong Houtao, Associate Professor, School of National Security at the Institute of International Relations
Apr 24, 2023
The United States is at a three-way crossroads. It must decide whether to defend Taiwan, abandon Taiwan or destroy Taiwan. Will the U.S. risk being dragged into a war as it continues to use Taiwan to contain China’s progress? The clock is ticking.
Zhao Minghao, Professor, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
Apr 19, 2023
Washington’s repeated provocations — both military and political — have made any recovery of stable relations with China difficult. If the United States fails to comprehend the serious nature of the Taiwan question, war will likely result.
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III, Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation
Apr 18, 2023
AUKUS has laid out a plan for Australia to acquire its own SSN fleet. While the buildup of subs will take several years, submarine basing access and easing of constraints on the transfer of submarine parts and technologies to allies and partners mean that the program’s impact can be felt sooner in the Indo-Pacific, including on the Taiwan Straits hotspot.
Jul 25, 2019
The U.S. military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing.
Apr 29, 2019
The Pentagon increases the frequency of movement through the Taiwan Strait despite opposition from China.
Apr 26, 2019
A French warship passed through the strategic Taiwan Strait this month, U.S. officials told Reuters, a rare voyage by a vessel of a European country that is likely to be welcomed by Washington but increase tensions with Beijing.
Mar 25, 2019
The United States sent Navy and Coast Guard ships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the military said, as the United States increases the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China.
Wang Wenfeng, Professor, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Dec 06, 2016
Policies outlive presidents’ terms because they are in America’s own interests. Trump’s personal style has proved to work well in appealing to voters he needed to get him elected this year. But it will not work that well in appealing to the world when he is in the White House. We must hope that he works to grasp the subtleties of international relations more quickly than his spontaneous style suggests is likely.
Zhu Songling, Professor, Beijing Union University
Nov 15, 2016
Consolidation and development of KMT-CPC ties and stability of forces recognizing the 1992 Consensus within KMT are critical for cross-Strait relations to enjoy peace and continuity. It remains to be seen whether Hu’s commitment to a one-China policy can unify her party now that it’s out of power in Taiwan.