What The U.S. Can Do About Taiwan

Should the U.S. start worrying about the prospect of armed conflict between China and Taiwan? After almost a decade of relative peace, China is conducting military exercises just 95 miles from Taiwan, including test-firing missiles and practicing blockade maneuvers. The objective? To influence Taiwan's first-ever direct presidential elections, to be held next March, and dissuade Taiwan from edging toward formal independence. This raises the appalling possibility of ever-escalating military tensions between two countries that are both strategically and economically critical for the U.S.

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