Clarity on Taiwan Is Crucial for Peace

By: Jianli Yang & Lianchao Han – Aug 3rd, 2022

U.S. House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi’s much-debated trip to Taiwan has come and gone. The trip prompted unprecedented threats from China’s “wolf warriors,” and even President Biden advised against the speaker’s trip. Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security advisor, insisted that the President is committed to the policy of strategic ambiguity when it comes to China’s sovereignty over Taiwan, even though Biden has publicly and repeatedly vowed that the U.S. would defend Taiwan if and when China uses force against the island-nation.

But Speaker Pelosi was right to go. Such a confusing and oscillating policy will prove perilous to the already-frail state of cross-Strait relations.

It seems clear that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is determined to invade Taiwan as soon as the opportunity arises, evidenced by the removal of the word “peaceful” from China’s Taiwan reunification policy and messaging. Moreover, People’s Liberation Army military aircraft are now regularly dispatched over Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, a clear act of intimidation and aggression. And Taiwan-oriented war… [Continue Reading]