March 19, 2015
Subject: What should US policy towards military assistance to Taiwan be?
Historical Background: Taiwan, otherwise known as the Republic of China (ROC), has a complicated political status on the world stage. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) lays territorial claims to Taiwan and most countries recognize China as the mainland as Taiwan as an autonomous region within it. However, Taiwan sees itself independent as the true government of China, but only a couple dozen countries recognize it as sovereign government and by technical definition of what constitutes as a sovereign state under the Montevideo Convention of 1933, Taiwan fits the criteria.1 Though before 1971, both countries laid …show more content…
Alternative Courses of Action:
1) The US Actively Ending or Limiting Weapons Sales to Taiwan:
One alternative course of action is for the US to stop weapons sales altogether, or to limit them. In recent US assessments, officials concluded that Taiwan’s ability to defend itself from the PRC was extremely limited, thus requiring more military technology from the