The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Arms Sales

Aaron Aitken


The periodic sale of American arms to Taiwan has become one the United States’ thorniest diplomatic challenges. Not only has the issue forced the United States to carefully navigate between its long running commitments to Taiwan and its increasingly important relationship with China, it is an issue that could, if not carefully managed, lead to the outbreak of armed conflict between the two major regional powers. Given this danger, should the United States (1) cease arms sales, (2) increase arms sales, or (3) adopt a position somewhere in between? This essay will compare and contrast the merits of these three broad positions.


Taiwan; Arms; United States;

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