Strategic Ambiguity or Strategic Clarity: China's Rise and US Policy Toward the Taiwan Issue

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The Taiwan Strait has been widely viewed as a dangerous flashpoint for conflict. During the past several decades, Washington’s policy of strategic ambiguity has worked remarkably well for maintaining peace and stability between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. A debate is underway if Washington should change its long-standing ambiguous approach by making a more explicit commitment to Taiwan security.


This paper, "Strategic Ambiguity or Strategic Clarity: China's Rise and US Policy toward the Taiwan Issue," was presented at the International Conference on Security Alignments in the Indo-Pacific, which was jointly sponsored by the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand. The conference was held at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, on October 28, 2022.