America’s Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Book Forum
January 25, 2006 12:00PM
Auditorium/1st floor/Wintergarden
Featuring the author, Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; with comments by Clyde Prestowitz, President, Economic Strategy Institute; and Richard C. Bush III, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.

There is one issue that could lead to a disastrous war between the United States and China. That issue is the fate of Taiwan. A growing number of Taiwanese want independence for their island and regard mainland China as an alien nation. Mainland Chinese consider Taiwan a province that was stolen from China more than a century ago, and their patience about getting it back is wearing thin. Washington officially endorses a “one China” policy but also sells arms to Taiwan and maintains an implicit pledge to defend it from attack. That vague, muddled policy invites miscalculation by Taiwan or China–or both. The three parties are on a collision course, and unless something dramatic changes, an armed conflict is virtually inevitable within a decade. Carpenter explains what the United States must do quickly to avoid being dragged into war. Please join the author and our distinguished commentators for a discussion of this timely and important book.