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May 13, 2024

Taiwan’s Democracy Is Thriving in China’s Shadow

Despite China’s growing pressure, Taiwan has developed one of the world’s strongest democracies—one that will be increasingly tested in the coming years. 

Electoral workers count votes for a 2021 referendum at a ballot counting center in Taipei, Taiwan.

May 30, 2024

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Does NATO Have a Role in Asia?

The transatlantic alliance has begun to connect its traditional security interests in Europe with the geopolitical dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region, including tensions between China and Taiwan.

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.

February 8, 2024

Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Taiwan has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in 2022 heightened tensions.

A statue of a Taiwanese soldier looks over the Taiwan straight at a Chinese city.

June 13, 2024

Grand Strategy
World Order is in a Downward Spiral

The United States needs a grand strategy to deal with three interconnected threats to global stability.


Cross-Strait Conflict and the Risk of Horizontal Escalation

China’s increased assertiveness throughout the Indo-Pacific, its growing military capabilities, and Xi Jinping’s statements on the importance of unification with Taiwan have raised concern about conf…

February 5, 2024

Virtual Roundtable: Debriefing the Taiwan Elections With Syaru Shirley Lin

The closely watched 2024 Taiwan presidential election recently concluded with the winning of Lai Ching-te, current vice president of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. In the legislature, howev…

Play Syaru Shirley Lin and Jerome A. Cohen discuss the outcomes of the Taiwan elections

February 10, 2023

China’s Recent ADIZ Violations Have Changed the Status Quo in the Taiwan Strait

Chinese military flights near Taiwan have important implications for cross-strait stability.

Four jets flying in formation.

January 11, 2024

Virtual Media Briefing: Elections in Taiwan

Panelists discuss the upcoming elections in Taiwan to select a new president and legislature. STARES: Thanks very much, Emily. Good day, everyone. Welcome to this Council on Foreign Relations brie…

Play Individual casts ballot for legislative elections in Taipei

May 21, 2024

Analyzing Lai Ching-te’s Inaugural Address: More Continuity Than Difference

In his inaugural address, Taiwan’s new president Lai Ching-te signaled broad continuity on cross-strait issues. China, however, is likely to respond with increased pressure. 

Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te delivers his inaugural speech in Taipei, Taiwan on May 20, 2024.