◎ Washington’s view of its security partnership with Taiwan has evolved.
By Joseph Bosco
At a pre-election policy forum last week, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen delivered an important national security message not only for Taiwan but for the United States.
Focusing on “the tension rise between the U.S. and China,” she declared that, for Taiwan, “the possibility of relying on strategic ambiguity is declining.” She noted the geostrategic reality that “democracy and authoritarianism are in conflict” in the region and argued that Taiwan’s interests and values mandate that “we stand with the mainstream international society.”
Joseph Bosco served as China country director for the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2006 and as Asia-Pacific director of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief from 2009 to 2010. He is a nonresident fellow at the Institute for Corean-American Studies and the Institute for Taiwan-American Studies, and has held nonresident appointments in the Asia-Pacific program at the Atlantic Council and the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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