Tara Copp writes: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States will continue to help Taiwan and other allies in the Pacific defend themselves against aggression from China even as he said a new, more transparent relationship with Beijing is desired.
Emanuele Rossi writes for Formiche: Più Taiwan si crea connessioni internazionali, più penetra all’interno dei sistemi multilaterali, più certe dinamiche vengono mosse e percepite come quelle di una realtà indipendente, più è difficile per Pechino spezzare questi legami
Samuel Hui and Wang Kai-Chun, Taipei, write for East Asia Forum: On 7 July White House Asia tsar Kurt Campbell stated ‘we support a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan; we do not support Taiwan independence’, drawing an even clearer line on the US position regarding Taiwan. This came after he affirmed in June that the Biden administration is confident in the current framework that governs relations between mainland China, Taiwan and the United States.
go to East Asia Forum website: Clarifying US commitments to Taiwan | East Asia Forum
Conor Kennedy writes for Jamestown Foundation: The threat of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) using military force to coerce or perhaps launch an amphibious invasion of Taiwan has received significant attention in the past year. Meanwhile, the recent commissioning of the PLA Navy’s first Type-075 amphibious assault ship has further highlighted China’s developing amphibious capabilities (South China Morning Post, May 9). At the same time, the apparent shortage of amphibious lift required to execute large-scale landing operations leaves many wondering whether China is serious about its threats against Taiwan. The U.S. Department of Defense’s 2020 China Military Power Report notes the PLA’s focus on ocean-going amphibious platforms rather than a large fleet of traditional landing ships and craft suggests that a direct beach-assault operation is less likely at the moment (Office of the Secretary of Defense, September 1, 2020).
go to Jamestown Foundation website: Ramping the Strait: Quick and Dirty Solutions to Boost Amphibious Lift – Jamestown
Sadia Rahman and Namrata Hasija write for ORF: Education diplomacy is one of the facets in the process of building mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationships between nation states. Opting for the trajectory of the education diplomacy model is instrumental for the establishment and strengthening of any two states’ bilateral relationship. The internalisation of higher education has availed several opportunities for convergences; thus, this article intends to introduce education diplomacy as an effective soft power tool in establishing a robust bilateral relationship between India and Taiwan.
go to ORF website: Education diplomacy to improve India-Taiwan relations? | ORF (orfonline.org)
Rajaram Panda writes for VIF: Like the South China Sea, the Taiwan Straits is another flashpoint in the Indo-Pacific region. Both have the China factor where it is flexing its military muscle. While in the South China Sea, it is in conflict with some other Asian countries which make sovereignty claims in the parts of the sea that fall within their exclusive economic zones, China claims the South China Sea almost in its entirety. It has not only been engaged in island-building and militarisation activities, its naval vessels have been sailing on a continuing basis in other claimants’ fishing zones.
Ryan Hass writes for Brookings: The decision that Taiwan’s voters reach in the December referendum on whether to reverse President Tsai Ing-wen’s decision to allow importation of U.S. pork containing ractopamine could have significant strategic reverberations. The fate of this referendum could go a long way toward determining Taiwan’s trade competitiveness in the coming decade.
The relations between Japan and Taiwan have traditionally been cordial in all areas of their bilateral relations. The outcome of the recent summit between Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and American President Joseph R. Biden offers yet another indication that Tokyo treats Taiwan’s defence and security as one of its topmost foreign policy priorities. It also indicates that Tokyo is determined to work with Washington to checkmate any potential Chinese aggression against Taiwan.
On July 9, 1971, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger made a secret trip to China, unveiling a new era for the China-US’ relations. Fifty years later, amid growing difficulties of relations between the world’s two largest economies, the 98-year-old former US official called for maintaining the essence of this trip – the commitment of both sides to end conflicts by putting aside divergences and seeking dialogue.
Henry Kissinger. File photo: VCG