The war in Ukraine has thrust the future of Taiwan into the geopolitical spotlight. Does Russia’s attack render it more or less likely that China will attempt forcibly to incorporate Taiwan? Are Russia and China likely to draw together even more closely to oppose American foreign policy ambitions? Or, on the contrary, will the Ukraine conflict demonstrate that their alignment amounts to less than meets the eye?
To address these critical questions, the Center for the National Interest invited two leading foreign affairs analysts for a discussion on the present crisis and the future of China and Taiwan:
Paul Heer is a distinguished fellow at the Center for the National Interest and a former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia.
Dov Zakheim is a former US Under Secretary of Defense, a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, and vice-chairman of the board of the Center for the National Interest.
Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, moderated the discussion.