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Embracing "Strategic Clarity" on Taiwan | It was always burning

Published: 11 November 2022

November 11, 2022 | In the face of an increasingly bellicose China buttressed by its mighty economic and military strengths, Washington’s “strategic ambiguity” has become insufficient to pre-empt China’s ambitions. A shift towards "strategic clarity" could pave the way to deter Chinese aggression in the region, provided it remains subtle and is carefully managed, Pangying Peng says. 

This shift towards clarity echoes the solid bi-partisan consensus to support Taiwan in the Congress that has developed in recent years. While it can be viewed as a natural development for a democratic government to act in accordance with public opinions, it is also a strategic step for the U.S. as its foremost policy goal for the Taiwan Strait is to forestall any occurrence of war. And this goal has remained unaltered. Peng concluded that these remarks can in effect transition from strategic ambiguity to the clarity that strongly reveals US intent to intervene military without any formal commitment. 

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