Does Taiwan Want to Be Closer to the US?

Does Taiwan want to be closer to the US? It may seem obvious that Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, would want the protection of being a US ally, but it could also potentially put Taiwan in danger. China has calibrated its whole foreign policy machine around convincing the world that Taiwan is part of China, despite Taiwan obviously being an independent country. What would China do if countries like the US started to recognize Taiwan as an independent country? Joining us in this episode is Ian Easton, the senior director at the Project 2049 Institute and author of The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan’s Defense and American Strategy in Asia.

You can follow him on Twitter: @Ian_M_Easton

Book: The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan’s Defense and American Strategy in Asia

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This is a highlight from the full episode No. 149 Taiwan: What the U.S. Should—And Shouldn’t—Do with the Relationship

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