U.S. Policy Concerning Taiwan: Do We Have It Right
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The democratic government of Taiwan and the majority of its 23 million people seek recognition by the United Nations and resist forced reunification with the Peoples Republic of China PRC. Current United States policy concerning Taiwan is ambiguous and could fail to ensure the attainment of our national interests in East Asia and the Pacific. This ambiguous policy may have been partially responsible for a confrontation between U.S. and the PRC in the Taiwan Strait in 1996. This paper provides brief historical background information on Taiwan and its relationship with the PRC and describes current U.S. policy. The inherent policy flaws may precipitate a confrontation between the PRC and the United States in the Taiwan Strait in the future. This paper outlines alternative policies, and recommends modifications to existing U.S. policy.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics