“I think policy makers in Washington have largely abandoned the hope that they can affect Chinese behaviour in Hong Kong,” says political theorist William Galston.
However, the situation in Taiwan is very different – aggressive moves vis-á-vis Taiwan would cause a political earthquake in the US.
Is Beijing acting increasingly harsh regardless of what is happening in Washington?
President-elect Biden strongly believes in alliances, alliances of democracies everywhere – and these alliances are very much welcomed by the current Taiwanese administration. Regardless of the next US president – the support of the US government is fundamental for people of Taiwan.
“Taiwan is standing in the front line and it deserves the support of democracies in the international community,” highlighted Ketty W. Chen.
Watch the full discussion on the future of Taiwan and the US-Taiwan relations with Ketty W. Chen, Vice-President of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and William Galston, Senior Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program.
The interview was recorded on November 12, 2020. The discussion was organized in the framework of the Information Centre for Democracy and Human Rights in China. Both of our guests are also among the signatories of our ICDR statement #StandWithTaiwan.