Troubled Waters Around Taiwan
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit was met with fury and condemnation in Beijing, as well as new Chinese military exercises in the seas surrounding Taiwan. In the aftermath of the visit, Ryan invited three experts to talk about relations between the United States, Taiwan, and China. They discuss why the visit generated such a fierce reaction from the People’s Republic of China, the role of legislative visits to Taiwan, the Taiwan Policy Act being considered on Capitol Hill, domestic politics in all three countries, and how Beijing tries to move the goal posts. Ryan banged on about discussions over Taiwan’s security ought not be separated from debates over the size of the U.S. Navy. The guests called for a new policy review on Taiwan, the first in decades. And all three recommended some essential reading on this topic.
- “One China” Working Paper (Chinese Communist Party, 2000).
- Alan D. Romberg, Rein in at the Brink of the Precipice: American Policy Toward Taiwan and US-PRC Relations (Stimson Center, 2003).
- Robert Jervis, Perception and Misperception in International Politics (Reissued Edition, Harvard University Press, 2017).
- Thomas Schelling, Arms and Influence (Reissued Edition, Princeton University Press, 2008).