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A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.
A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

The Real Stakes of Taiwan

It’s not about democracy. It’s about power.

Taiwanese reservists take part in military training at a base in Taoyuan on March 12, 2022.
Taiwanese reservists take part in military training at a base in Taoyuan on March 12, 2022.

Is Biden Being Machiavellian or Misguided on Taiwan?

The U.S. president’s surprise statement could deter China—or increase the risk of war.

Taiwanese Air Force pilots in olive green uniforms walk through a parking lot with the Taiwanese flag flying behind them.
Taiwanese Air Force pilots in olive green uniforms walk through a parking lot with the Taiwanese flag flying behind them.

Taiwan Doesn’t Need a Formal U.S. Security Guarantee

U.S. security cooperation is a more powerful demonstration of commitment than any declaration of intent.

A man holds a Chinese flag on a Chinese navy boat
A man holds a Chinese flag on a Chinese navy boat

China’s Taiwan Invasion Plans May Get Faster and Deadlier

Russian mistakes offer some warnings for Beijing’s ambitions.

Eastern European nationals living in Taiwan stage a die-in.
Eastern European nationals living in Taiwan stage a die-in.

Beijing Is Used to Learning From Russian Failures

The invasion of Ukraine is offering useful lessons for the PLA.

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taiwan-china-us-war-games-nicolas-ortega-illustration

War-Gaming Taiwan: When Losing to China Is Winning

What military planners learn when they simulate a Chinese attack.

Protesters against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Taipei, Taiwan.
Protesters against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan Is Rethinking Defense in Wake of Ukraine Invasion

Western support for endangered democracies can only go so far.

Taiwan's Ta Chiang corvette fires off flares during a drill.
Taiwan's Ta Chiang corvette fires off flares during a drill.

Beijing Could Run Russia’s Playbook on Taiwan

The Ukraine crisis should refocus thinking on China’s threats.

Taiwan's national flag hangs from a long cable beneath a helicopter.
Taiwan's national flag hangs from a long cable beneath a helicopter.

The Case for Defending the Little Guy

Sticking up for smaller powers and Westphalian principles is worth it.

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.
A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

Pentagon Quietly Puts More Troops in Taiwan

Deeper U.S. engagement comes as the wisdom of strategic ambiguity is increasingly questioned.

A man holds a Taiwan flag as passengers disembark from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020.
A man holds a Taiwan flag as passengers disembark from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020.

Europe Is Doubling Down on Taiwan

As China gets more aggressive in its region, the European Union is refusing to back down.

U.S. seaman Xi Chan in the Taiwan Strait
U.S. seaman Xi Chan in the Taiwan Strait

The U.S. Is Getting Taiwan Ready to Fight on the Beaches

Biden continues Trump’s “porcupine strategy” to harden the island’s defenses.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium.

‘Now You’re in a Situation’: Democrats Pressure Biden on Taiwan

Moderates want to give U.S. President Joe Biden more war powers to stave off a Chinese invasion. Progressives don’t agree.

A Taiwanese soldier waves a flag.
A Taiwanese soldier waves a flag.

Is Defending Taiwan Worth the Risk?

Chinese incursions and U.S. training of Taiwanese forces raise the specter of war. Is it a conflict the United States can handle?

Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda stands in front of a NATO logo.
Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda stands in front of a NATO logo.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis addresses the media at a press conference.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis addresses the media at a press conference.

Pressured by China, Lithuania Won’t Back Down Over Taiwan

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country is working to find a diplomatic solution.

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