It has become increasingly apparent that Pentagon budget cuts will have a profound and harmful effect on the current administration’s "rebalance to Asia." With fewer resources, how will America provide security assurances and defensive arms to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act?
Budget cuts are not the only threat facing America's security commitments. The military build-up of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) along the Taiwan Strait also calls into question the future of the security relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan. In light of a stronger and more bellicose PRC military, deterring or preventing cross-strait miscalculation has become an important issue for both the Taiwanese and American governments. With the PRC’s territorial disputes already testing the U.S. commitment to the region, what is the current status of U.S.-Taiwan security relations?
On Thursday, May 22nd, Hudson Institute will host a panel of experts, featuring Michael Pillsbury, Mark Stokes, and Michael Auslin and moderated by Seth Cropsey, to discuss the current status of U.S.-Taiwan relations and what the U.S. should be doing to ensure Taiwan's security.
Michael Pillsbury is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. He served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning in the Reagan Administration and was the Special Assistant for Asian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the first Bush Administration.
Mark Stokes is the Executive Director for the Project 2049 Institute. A 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran, Stokes previously served as team chief and senior country director for the PRC, Taiwan, and Mongolia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
Michael Auslin is the Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, writing about Asia and global security.
Seth Cropsey is the Director of the Center for American Seapower at Hudson Institute and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy.
This event will be live streamed on Hudson's homepage.
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