Redfield And Wiltons Srategies
Date: Dec 18, 2020
Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu has recently urged for a new international alliance against China, and suggested that after cracking down on Hong Kong, China’s next target could be Taiwan. In October, Xi Jinping called on troops to “put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war.”
Five months after our previous polling in Taiwan, the same proportion (45%) of respondents think that military conflict between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is likely in the next ten years.
Under President Donald Trump, the United States significantly boosted military aid to Taiwan, and the Taiwanese are waiting to see if the incoming Joe Biden administration will follow the departing President’s policy. In the light of continued concerns about a potential war between Taiwan and the PRC, a majority (52%) of the Taiwanese public express support for closer political and military ties between Taiwan and the United States. Only a tiny minority (8%) oppose closer ties, while around a third (35%) neither support nor oppose.6 [FULL STORY]