Washington Forum: ‘Strategic Ambiguity’ Policy and Taiwan

Flags of Taiwan and the United States are placed for a meeting between U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Su Chia-chyuan, President of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan on March 27, 2018. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters) Communist China flew a record number of military aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, raising serious warnings earlier this month of potential military attacks. Many Washington insiders believe that the United States should be ready to help defend Taiwan when the Chinese Communist Party attacks. But others argue that the United States must avoid war with China over Taiwan at all costs, as America should refuse to be drawn into a war with Beijing. President Joe Biden said in a CNN Town Hall on Oct. 21 that the United States would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack. However, the White House later clarified that the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” had not changed. Is Taiwan ready to defend its democratic land militarily? Is this a critical time to reevaluate the policy of “strategic ambiguity”? Will the United States sell more weapons to Taiwan to further equip and train the military of the island? Join us in this Washington forum for a discussion on U.S.–Indo-Pacific strategies and cross-strait affairs. Speakers: Miles Maochun Yu, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Hudson InstituteVisiting Fellow, Hoover InstituteFormer Principal China Policy Adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Joseph A. Bosco Fellow, Institutes for Corean-American Studies, and Institute for Taiwan-America StudiesMember of Advisory Board, Global Taiwan InstituteFormer China Country Desk Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense David Wallace President, Fair Energy Foundation Epoch Times Staff Follow More articles from this author

Washington Forum: ‘Strategic Ambiguity’ Policy and Taiwan

Flags of Taiwan and the United States are placed for a meeting between U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Su Chia-chyuan, President of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan on March 27, 2018. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Communist China flew a record number of military aircraft into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, raising serious warnings earlier this month of potential military attacks.

Many Washington insiders believe that the United States should be ready to help defend Taiwan when the Chinese Communist Party attacks. But others argue that the United States must avoid war with China over Taiwan at all costs, as America should refuse to be drawn into a war with Beijing.

President Joe Biden said in a CNN Town Hall on Oct. 21 that the United States would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack. However, the White House later clarified that the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” had not changed.

Is Taiwan ready to defend its democratic land militarily? Is this a critical time to reevaluate the policy of “strategic ambiguity”? Will the United States sell more weapons to Taiwan to further equip and train the military of the island? Join us in this Washington forum for a discussion on U.S.–Indo-Pacific strategies and cross-strait affairs.

Speakers:

Miles Maochun Yu, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institute
Former Principal China Policy Adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Joseph A. Bosco

Fellow, Institutes for Corean-American Studies, and Institute for Taiwan-America Studies
Member of Advisory Board, Global Taiwan Institute
Former China Country Desk Officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

David Wallace

President, Fair Energy Foundation

Epoch Times Staff

Epoch Times Staff