The Wall Street Journal

In Taiwan, a Shaky Status Quo Prevails

The people here have little desire either to yield to Beijing or to provoke a war.

Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship


As I discovered on a visit here last week, the most immediate problem confronting most students at Taiwan’s National Sun Yat-sen University is the macaque monkeys who occasionally descend from the forests to snatch sandwiches and snacks from careless humans loitering near the beach.

But that peaceful beach front is among the most likely landing zones for a People’s Liberation Army invasion force, and a debate over reintroducing the draft keeps students’ minds focused on the risks ahead. Those students are not alone. The extinction of liberty in Hong Kong, Xi Jinping’s rise to absolute power on the mainland, and the horrors of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine have combined to create a new and complex mood on the island.

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal.