Over the last year, increasing Chinese aggression in the South and East China Seas has threatened the balance of power in the Pacific and the regional security of many countries in the area. Taiwan, a longstanding and trusted U.S. ally, holds a unique and strategically advantageous location in between the two major seas.
After the historic meeting of Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and China’s President Xi Jinping last month, what does the future hold for Taiwan’s regional security and democratic progress? What should the U.S. do to support this ally?
On December 16th, Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower hosted a morning panel discussion featuring Richard Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center and Ian Easton of the Project 2049 Institute. In addition to discussing the future of the U.S.-Taiwan alliance, panelists addressed U.S. arm sales to Taiwan and Taiwan’s recent agreement with the Philippines on fishing rights. Hudson Senior Fellow Seth Cropsey moderated the conversation.