Should the United States Abandon Taiwan?

Author
Bonnie Glaser, Nancy Bernkopf Tucker
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
34
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Autumn 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Is it time for the United States to rethink its Taiwan policy and walk away from Taiwan? Prominent Americans in influential publications insist that it is. The argument is not unprecedented. In a long and often discordant history of dealings between Washington and Taipei, there have been repeated calls for severing this uncomfortable and dangerous relationship. Taiwan has been characterized as a strategic liability, an expensive diversion, and most often, an obstacle to more important U.S.—China relations. In the past, a prosperous, strong, and self-confident United States chose to ignore such calls. Today, however, China is rapidly becoming more powerful, and many fear the United States teeters on the brink of decline. Is U.S. support for Taiwan about to end? Would it be a good idea?
Topic
Corruption
Political Geography
United States, China, Washington, Taiwan