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Reshaping the Taiwan Strait

Recorded on March 28, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

A half-century ago, General Douglas MacArthur outlined America's strategy in the Pacific to keep "Island Asia" out of the hands of "Mainland Asia."  As part of this goal, he "strongly recommended… as a matter of military urgency, that under no circumstances must Formosa fall under Communist control."

Does Taiwan still matter?  Taiwan ("Formosa") is Southeast Asia's largest economy and Asia's most dynamic democracy.  It is America's eighth largest trading partner as well as one of America's quiet strategic partners in the Pacific.  However, without the international legitimacy of independence, democratic Taiwan may soon be absorbed by a rising - and still Communist - China that is itself a growing security challenge in the Asia-Pacific region.  Are there realistic policy alternatives for the Taiwan Strait?

Join us as five foreign policy scholars discuss geopolitical, economic, defense, and diplomatic strategies to meet various challenges across the Taiwan Strait.