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

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Book Forum
January 25, 2006 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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.