Collision Course? Taiwan and the Danger of a U.S.-China War

Capitol Hill Briefing
July 16, 2004 12:00PM
B-354 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
(Please note room change to B-354

The United States must take a sober look at its interests and its commitments in the Taiwan dispute. There is a growing possibility that China will someday attempt to forcibly reincorporate Taiwan if the Taiwanese do not agree to reunification voluntarily. Washington has made an implicit pledge to defend the island. This commitment puts the United States at the mercy of decisions made in Taipei and Beijing and is likely to result in nothing but bad options for the United States down the road. Join us for a discussion of the steps that must be taken now to avoid a disastrous dilemma.