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.