In this episode, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China Chad Sbragia joins us to discuss the 2020 Department of Defense (DoD) annual report to Congress entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China. Deputy Assistant Secretary Sbragia discusses a range of topics including China’s capacity to launch an assault on Taiwan, China’s nuclear strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative, military-civil fusion, and China’s perception of global governance. Mr. Sbragia also highlights the growing alignment between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and China’s broader national strategy, and he explores the implication of PLA modernization for stability and crisis prevention in the coming years.
In this special crossover episode, CSIS Freeman Chair and “Hong Kong on the Brink” podcast host Jude Blanchette interviews Bonnie Glaser about the impact of the Hong Kong protests on Taiwan. Ms. Glaser analyzes the origins of “one country, two systems,” and the ripple effects of friction between mainland China and Hong Kong on cross-Strait ties. She also analyzes the potential role that unrest in Hong Kong could play in Taiwan’s January 2020 presidential election.
In this episode, Dr. Shelley Rigger joins us to discuss the latest developments in cross-Strait relations, particularly since the November nine-in-one local elections in which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered a major defeat. She analyzes the economic implications behind the election results and the DPP’s struggle to maintain stable relations with mainland China. Dr. Rigger also explores how Beijing might take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Taiwan’s newly elected officials, and forecasts the road ahead for Taiwan.
Although both China and Taiwan maintain separate militaries and governments, China continues to assert sovereignty claims over Taiwan. Beijing officially seeks peaceful reunification, but has not ruled out using force to counter efforts to create an independent Taiwan.