Illustration: Craig Stephens
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

US warships and PLA jets: what’s really behind the Taiwan Strait provocations between China and the US

  • Two Chinese jets crossed into Taiwan’s airspace last month as a warning aimed at the US, ratcheting up tension over a US-China dispute that boils down to their different interpretations of the ‘right of transit passage’ clause in the Law of the Sea

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Taiwan is no match for mainland China militarily, but if it’s invaded the public and military won’t be waving white flags to the PLA. Photo: EPA-EFE
Michael Chugani
Opinion

Opinion

Michael Chugani

China wants unification. What will Taiwan have to give up to keep its freedoms?

  • Unification by force would be devastating for the region, including Hong Kong, and must be avoided
  • Meanwhile the option of a Hong Kong-style ‘one country, two systems’ is dead on arrival. Perhaps there is a third way

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Taiwan is no match for mainland China militarily, but if it’s invaded the public and military won’t be waving white flags to the PLA. Photo: EPA-EFE
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