Taiwan Is Not Afghanistan

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“The abrupt, chaotic U.S. departure has led to growing speculation throughout the world about the durability and reliability of Washington’s other foreign policy commitments. There is much hand‐​wringing in the United States and some allied countries that U.S. credibility may have suffered a fatal blow. Countries that Washington regards as adversaries, including Russia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are expressing similar conclusions, with a distinct undertone of gloating. … Comparing Taiwan to Afghanistan not only is misplaced, it is potentially very dangerous. PRC leaders especially must avoid succumbing to such illusions. The situations are different in two crucial respects, and a PRC miscalculation on either point could lead to tragedy.” (09/03/21)