America's future in Taiwan
“What Taiwan is to chips is what oil was to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, Taiwan is kind of the controller of what will make our economies move in the 21st century,” Steve Blank says.
Recently, China has been ramping up military activity around Taiwan.
China’s armed forces are capable of blockading Taiwan’s key harbors, posing what the island’s government calls a “grave” military threat. And the rhetoric between Washington and Beijing is heating up.
Steve Blank, adjunct professor and co-creator of the “Technology, Innovation and Great Power Competition” class at Stanford University. Senior fellow for entrepreneurship at Columbia University.
Tong Zhao, senior fellow at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.
From The Reading List
Foreign Affairs: “The Taiwan Temptation” — “For more than 70 years, China and Taiwan have avoided coming to blows. The two entities have been separated since 1949, when the Chinese Civil War, which had begun in 1927, ended with the Communists’ victory and the Nationalists’ retreat to Taiwan.”
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