March 01, 2022

With ‘delegation,’ US warns off China on Taiwan amid Russia’s Ukraine invasion

Featuring Jacob Stokes

Source: Breaking Defense

Journalist Colin Clark

The United States is sending a clear signal to the Peoples Republic of China, which has tacitly supported Vladimir Putin in his invasion of Ukraine, that America has not taken its eyes off of Taiwan in this chaotic global period.

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It was unclear if the trip was long-planned or put together hastily in the wake of Russia’s Ukranian invasion. Taiwan had already boosted its military readiness before Putin’s forces crossed the Ukrainian border. But Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Indo-Pacific Security Program of the Center for a New American Security, said that might be beside the point.

“[E]ither way, it sends the right message at the right time,” Stokes said in an email to Breaking Defense. “Maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is of the utmost importance to the United States and our regional allies and partners. And any use of coercion or force that seeks to upend that status quo would pose a major threat to US interests and values.”

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Authors

  • Jacob Stokes

    Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Jacob Stokes is a Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS, where his work focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian security affairs, an...