Use the following hypothetical case to spark discussion and help students to think through what they would do if they were decision makers.
China’s growing military and economic strength, coupled with its increasingly aggressive posture in East Asia, have raised questions about U.S. policy toward Taiwan. Should the United States maintain its longstanding policy of strategic ambiguity toward Taiwan, or should it clarify its stance?
Students will understand that changing dynamics in the world, such as China’s growing military strength and its increasing assertiveness, could require U.S. policymakers to rethink their approach to Taiwan in an attempt to avoid conflict.
Students will understand that clarifying a U.S. intention to defend Taiwan could strengthen deterrence against aggression but carries the risk of a forceful Chinese response.