A Brief History
On August 2, 2022, US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is on a trip to Asian countries, one of which may be Taiwan, an island that officially considers itself to be the true and legitimate government of China.
Mainland China, the world’s most populous country, considers Taiwan to be part of China and a place with no right to independence let alone claiming sovereignty over all of China.
The US back in 1979 made the choice to recognize the Communist regime of China as the sole legal government of that country, while ending diplomatic relations with Taiwan, though the US maintains close trade and other ties with Taiwan.
China is making threats about Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan, which causes us to wonder, “What should the United States policy toward Taiwan be?” We ask you, our viewers, to tell us, “What should the US do?”
Question for students (and subscribers): Is the government of Taiwan or the Communist government of mainland China the rightful and legitimate government of China? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Easton, Ian. The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan’s Defense and American Strategy in Asia. Eastbridge Books, 2019.
Lin, Hsiao-ting. Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan. Harvard University Press, 2016.
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