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"Is the Taiwan Strait Still a Flash Point? Rethinking the Prospects for Armed Conflict between China and Taiwan"

Locals on a warehouse rooftop display the national flag while watching Taiwan fighter jets practice emergency landing drills, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, in Chiayi, central Taiwan.
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"Is the Taiwan Strait Still a Flash Point? Rethinking the Prospects for Armed Conflict between China and Taiwan"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 40, issue 3, page 54–92

Winter 2015/16

Author: Scott L. Kastner

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Quarterly Journal: International Security

 

SUMMARY

Since 2008, tensions between China and Taiwan have decreased significantly. Is the risk of cross-strait conflict likely to remain low? There are reasons for optimism: economic ties between the two states are increasing; China’s growing military strength is still offset by the U.S. commitment to Taiwan; and Taiwanese remain pragmatic regarding Taiwan’s sovereignty.

 

Full text: MIT Press

Read: The author ha written a policy brief based on this article.

 

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For Academic Citation:

Scott L. Kastner. "Is the Taiwan Strait Still a Flash Point? Rethinking the Prospects for Armed Conflict between China and Taiwan." International Security 40, no. 3 (Winter 2015/16): 54–92.

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