Resisting a "New Normal" in the Taiwan Strait
In a recent Track II discussion, participants from the U.S., Mainland China, and Taiwan described the current situation in the Taiwan Strait as becoming more and more dangerous, especially following the August 2 visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, the increase in military activities by the Mainland in and around the Strait, and the suspension of several bilateral U.S.-China dialogues. Participants discussed their perceptions of the status quo, which side is changing it and how, and whether or not the current situation in the Strait should be characterized as a "new normal."
In the absence of functional communication channels, there remains an urgent need for private, direct, and substantive channels of communication at all levels to share perspectives, clarify intentions, and manage dangers. To read more about other key takeaways and recommendations from this Track II discussion, click here to read, "Resisting a 'New Normal' in the Taiwan Strait."