Document of the Week: Czech Pol to China: Piss Off
A local Czech politician tells China’s foreign minister not to “open your trap” again about his country’s relations with Taiwan.
Indian Social Media Goes Nuts Over Fake Claim of Su-35 Shootdown
With tensions high, nationalist audiences are primed for dangerous nonsense.
Our Top Weekend Reads
The impact of the Israel-UAE deal on the war in Libya, what we know about Biden’s foreign-policy vision, and the disastrous state of Taiwan’s military.
Taiwan’s Military Has Flashy American Weapons but No Ammo
A young soldier’s suicide reveals the disastrous logistics of an undersupplied army.
Arm Taiwan—but Skip the Nukes
As the military balance of power shifts in China’s favor, Beijing may be increasingly tempted to act against Taiwan.
Taiwan Shows How to Carefully Snip Chinese Economic Ties
Facing a hostile Beijing, Taipei has been decoupling from its biggest trade partner.
America’s Post-Coronavirus Diplomacy Needs Middle-Powers Alliances
Focusing on China alone would be counterproductive.
U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea
“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”
Hong Kongers Say Taiwan Is Their First Choice as Exile Looms
Beijing’s new security law may cause mass emigration in Hong Kong.
Why Taiwan’s Assistance to Hong Kong Matters
Taiwan’s government is signaling its status as a regional beacon for democracy and human rights—in contrast to South Korea, which frames assistance to North Korean refugees as helping ethnic brethren.
China Could Be in Reach of Hawaii After Kiribati Elects Pro-Beijing President
The strategic significance of the vote could not have been higher.
It’s Not Techno-Angst That’s Driving East Asia to Abandon Nuclear Power
In the East Asian democracies, nuclear energy is tied to an increasingly unpopular political and economic model.
How Taiwan Can Turn Coronavirus Victory Into Economic Success
Taiwan beat the virus with efficient government and advanced technology—the same ingredients that power the economy.
Beijing Is Pushing the Taiwanese Toward Independence Hard and Fast
If Chinese leaders really want peaceful unification, they need a mutually respectful approach.
China’s Provocations Around Taiwan Aren’t a Crisis
Despite alarm bells in Washington, the risk of action is low.