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Taiwan, Cross Strait Tension, and Security in the Indo-Pacific

Published 24 Nov 2021

Tensions across the Taiwan Strait are rising and are potentially more serious than crises in the 1990s and even the 1950s. Military activity around Taiwan has increased, with China’s largest daily incursion into Taiwan’s Air Defence Identification Zone occurring in October 2021. Nevertheless, experts disagree as to whether such activity signals China’s intent to go to war over Taiwan or whether Beijing is posturing to a nervous international community. What is the likelihood of conflict over Taiwan? Could accidents around the island spark all-out hostilities? How should states in the region, like Australia and Japan, react to the current situation? How is the increased
tension perceived in Taipei?

Click here to read the November Special Report on Taiwan.

The Special Report was produced by speakers at the Taiwan Australia Policy Forum. Click here to read about the forum.