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China-Taiwan Relations with Professor Minxin Pei
Tensions between China and the U.S over Taiwan are rising to alarming levels. Since Chinese Nationalists (the KMT) lost the civil war on the mainland and escaped to Taiwan (which was returned to China after WWII), the status of Taiwan has remained by far the most difficult bilateral issue between the U.S. and China. The People’s Republic of China (the mainland) insists that Taiwan is part of China, while the Republic of China (Taiwan) maintains that it is a sovereign state. The U.S. has long straddled a middle course by “acknowledging” China’s position and maintaining formal diplomatic relations with The PRC while insisting that the Taiwan issue must be resolved peacefully. The U.S. also provides arms to Taiwan for self-defense and has a policy of “strategic ambiguity” by not declaring whether it will or will not militarily intervene in case of a Chinese attack on Taiwan. When the U.S.-China relations were stable and cooperative, Washington and Beijing managed their differences over Taiwan. But as the U.S.-China relations keep deteriorating, Taiwan has become a flashpoint. The possibility that a conflict over Taiwan could precipitate a war between China and the U.S., two nuclear-armed superpowers, is not only real but also increasing. What are the prospects of peace and war in the Taiwan Strait? What can be done to avert a catastrophic war? Join Professor Minxin Pei, Tom and Margot Pritzker '72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, and expert on Chinese relations as he leads us in a discussion on this pressing conflict.

Mar 14, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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