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New Atlanticist
July 18, 2022
By Atlantic Council experts
Bellicose rhetoric from Beijing and provocative Chinese military activity in the Taiwan Strait. A reinvigoration of the democratic world in the face of aggressive autocracy. A global semiconductor industry hanging in the balance.
All these issues and more have thrown renewed attention on Taiwan, an increasingly strategic US partner in a rapidly changing Indo-Pacific region. That’s why a visit by a senior Atlantic Council delegation to the island this week—under the auspices of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)—could not have come at a more crucial time. Led by former US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, the group also includes former Italian Ambassador to NATO Stefano Stefanini and Council Senior Vice President Barry Pavel.
The visit will feature meetings with senior Taiwanese government leaders, corporate executives, and think-tank representatives in Taipei to discuss the highest-priority security and economic issues that will shape the future of Taiwan, its relationship with the United States, Europe, and like-minded partners around the world, and the strategic outlook for the Indo-Pacific.
Check back here for the latest insights, analysis, and reporting from the Council’s delegation.
Our latest expert insight and intel:
After meeting with a Taiwanese minister and deputy minister on the final day of its visit, the Atlantic Council delegation emerged with the following takeaways:
Today’s meetings between the Atlantic Council delegation and senior experts and two Taiwanese government ministers resulted in the following conclusions:
Here are the key themes raised by the Atlantic Council delegation in its meetings with senior Taiwanese government officials on Tuesday, including President Tsai Ing-wen:
A pleasure to meet with former US Secretary of Defense @MarkTEsper & the members of the @AtlanticCouncil delegation. #Taiwan is committed to working with our democratic partners across the Atlantic & around the world to uphold freedom, democracy & regional security. pic.twitter.com/NWuEWcgz63
On Monday, the delegation met with senior government and private-sector officials. Our top takeaways from those meetings include:
Wed, Mar 24, 2021
New Atlanticist By Philip Anstrén
Policymakers in Brussels should recognize that the EU has significant security interests in the Taiwan Strait, push for dialogue over the issues at stake there, and—if this fails—work with the United States to deter Chinese aggression against Taiwan.
Wed, Jun 30, 2021
New Atlanticist By Philip Anstrén
The United States and the EU emphasize different means, but they still have compelling joint interests that cry out for greater coordination—from the economy to shared security.
Fri, Feb 18, 2022
Reality Check By Harlan Ullman
Key points Despite Beijing’s longstanding desire to invade and conquer Taiwan and achieve “one China,” China simply lacks the military capability and capacity to launch a full-scale amphibious invasion of Taiwan for the foreseeable future. With a potential defending force of 450,000 Taiwanese today, using the traditional three-to-one ratio of attackers to defenders taught at […]
Image: Military generals and their family members walk past a poster of Taiwan’s flag at a ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 28, 2022. Photo by Ann Wang/REUTERS
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