By: Elaine Hou and Matthew Mazzetta
Drew Thompson, who served as director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2018 and is now a visiting research fellow at the National University of Singapore, made the appeal Saturday during an interview with CNA.
Thompson said Taiwan has faced growing military and political pressure from China for the last six years, which he ascribed to a People's Liberation Army (PLA) force that is larger and better-funded than ever before.
Many on the Chinese side, including the editor of the state-run Global Times newspaper, have also predicted an increased risk of war, he said, reflecting a calculation in Beijing that military force is now an option for resolving its issues with Taiwan. [FULL STORY]