Militarization of the Taiwan Strait Issue
Over the past decade, China has seen the growing danger of an independence movement by Taiwan and has increased its forces to deter that outcome. To counter China’s military preparation, the United States has upgraded its arms sales and has intensified military ties with Taiwan. Militarization alongside a political stalemate and an economic interdependence, characterizes the current cross-Strait relations. Given the uncertainty of Taiwan’s plan to reengineer its constitution, the Taiwan issue has become viewed as having a high possibility of military conflict that could potentially involve the United States. Although this issue is essentially a political one, “military might,” as Alan Romberg observes, “certainly plays a role for all parties involved.” A failed attempt to force a solution through military means would set off reverberations for decades to come.”1
KeywordsTaiwan Issue Legislative Yuan Taiwan Independence Strategic Ambiguity Security Commitment
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