December 13, 2017: Chinese Invasion Scenarios and Taiwan’s Defense
On December 13, GTI hosted a panel discussion on the military and political dimensions of potential Chinese invasion scenarios of Taiwan, including assessing their likelihood, the forms they will take, and regional security implications. We considered these issues in light of the recently-concluded 19th Party Congress held by the Chinese Communist Party in October, which provided insights into current PRC thinking about both the Taiwan question and Xi Jinping’s ambitions for the military more generally. We were privileged to be joined by Ian Easton, author of a recent publication on this very topic, “The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan’s Defense and American Strategy in Asia” (The Project 2049 Institute, October 2017). In addition, we were pleased to welcome experts in the field of Taiwan’s defense and the Asia-Pacific region, Michael Chase (RAND), Tiffany Ma (NBR), and Richard Fisher (IASC).