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2017/12/15 | J. Michael Cole

US Navy Calls to Taiwan Must Weigh China Costs

Taiwan must ensure it avoids being a pawn in US push to resume port calls.

2020/10/15 | Voice of America

Experts Say Taiwan Needs More Homegrown Military Efforts

Though Washington plans a new round of weapons sales to Taiwan, defense analysts say that the country needs to further develop its domestic arms industry and enhance its reserve system.

2017/05/05 | Graham Ong-Webb

North Korea’s Nuclear Threat Must Be Taken More Seriously Than Ever

Pyongyang’s intention in using nuclear weapons would be to destroy these American bases to remove the advantage they give to South Korea’s national defense. This is why the threat of nuclear use, especially by a more brazen regime under Kim Jong-Un, needs to be taken very seriously.

2020/12/01 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing To See Here”

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

2017/02/15 | The Japan Times

Scientists and Dual-use Technologies in Japan

Scientists in Japan are concerned with whether the results of their research will be used for the right purposes.

2022/08/08 | Deutsche Welle

China Says Military Drills Around Taiwan Will Continue

Several days of activity have disrupted shipping and air travel, with Taiwan saying the move amounts to a blockade.

2022/03/31 | Jonah Walters

What the Chinese and U.S. Militaries Have in Common

The convergence between Chinese and U.S military recruitment highlights an obvious, if rarely acknowledged, reality. Two of the largest standing armies in the world, the militaries have more in common than their leaders tend to admit.

2022/09/29 | Deutsche Welle

Taiwan Ex-military Chief Urges Combat Preparedness Amid Rising China Threats

Former top Taiwanese defense official Admiral Lee Hsi-ming says he is concerned that forces are not ready to fight off China, and that a new defense concept is needed.

2021/10/26 | The Interpreter

Would a War Over Taiwan Be Legal?

International law defines statehood and provides the rules of war, but ambiguities abound in the case of Taiwan.

2017/01/16 | David Brown

The Art of a Trump-China deal

The incoming Trump administration is clearly intent on changing Beijing’s behavior, argues David Brown.

2016/11/09 | Kerri Ng

U.S. Election Offers Little Hope for Okinawa

'It is likely that Trump’s foreign policies would be disastrous for both Japan and Okinawa.'

2022/03/10 | Jonah Walters

Military Conscription Can’t Deliver Geopolitical Security — in Taiwan, Ukraine, or Anywhere Else

If the goal is to establish durable conditions of geopolitical security, the only hope for Taiwan is the emergence of an international diplomatic regime committed to the mutual draw-down of military capacity worldwide, through which all countries, especially China, Russia, and the United States, would be compelled to gradually diminish their own standing armies.

2016/09/24 | TNL Staff

Cross-Strait Watch No. 6

An overview of the past week's developments in cross-Strait relations.

2022/12/07 | Ian Murphy

Overall Defense Concept Reshapes Taiwan’s Views on Defense Against China

The Overall Defense Concept, a proposal by Taiwanese admiral Lee Hsi-ming, may be what Taiwan needs to prevent China from taking over its shores.

2016/07/25 | Edward White

ANALYSIS: Is Asia’s Terrorism Threat Level Rising?

Experts take stock of an increase in terrorist activity in Southeast Asia during the holy month of Ramadan, and a new report reveals a high number of Chinese joining Islamic State.