Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
As China and Taiwan step up military exercises amid strained cross-Strait and U.S.-China relations, tough questions about the future of a democratic Taiwan loom for the 23 million inhabitants of the island.
Increased military air and sea exercises were carried out on both sides of the Taiwan Strait this month after a controversial visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that angered Chinese officials.
In recent years, Beijing has become more aggressive in declaring its ambitions to take control of the island and has threatened to use force against the Taiwanese if they declare independence. US President Joe Biden recently reiterated the commitment of US forces to militarily defend the island in the event of a Chinese attack.
One of Asia’s most progressive democracies, Taiwan is a de facto independent state with its own government, national defense and foreign affairs. Yet, due to Beijing’s adamant insistence that it will one day be part of China, only 14 states worldwide have formal diplomatic relations with the island.
So, what future for Taiwan? In this episode of The Stream, we will discuss the impact of recent cross-Strait events on Taiwan and the outlook for the island.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Brian Hio, @brianhioe
Founding Editor, New Bloom Magazine
Freddie Lim, @FreddyLim
Member of the parliament of Taiwan
Wei-Ting Yen, @poscwty
Assistant Professor of Government, Franklin & Marshall College