Deterrence Dilemmas and Alliance Dynamics: United States Policy on Cross-Strait Issues and the Implications of the War in Ukraine

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The war in Ukraine and reactions to it have affected, and mostly worsened, already-formidable and growing challenges for US policy toward China-Taiwan conflict situations. These challenges include deterring a more powerful and assertive China in a more complex set of scenarios (including gray zone conflicts), assuring China that behavior that conforms to US preferences will mean more cooperative US behavior, and managing the abandonment/entrapment dynamic in US relations with Taiwan. The implication of the Ukraine war for the US and cross-Strait issues is mixed, complicated, and still-evolving.


China, Ukraine

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American Journal of Chinese Studies