Nuclear Weapons in the Taiwan Strait


Cancel Culture in an Emerging Democracy

, China project manager and senior analyst

A memorial arch opens onto a massive plaza holding museums, parks, and other cultural icons. This was once dedicated to former president of Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek, but was renamed “Freedom Plaza” in 2007. G. Kulacki/UCS

A shared sense of history is a core component of human culture, but a lot of what our political leaders tell us about history is wrong. Sometimes terribly wrong. Correcting the record can be good for democracy. Taiwan is showing us how, and the United States could learn from its experience.

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Could China and the United States Go to War over Taiwan?

, China project manager and senior analyst

Yes. Both sides are preparing for that war. Both sides also have nuclear weapons. China declared it will never use them first under any circumstances, but US policy allows for the first use of nuclear weapons if victory cannot be assured by other means. China has promised to retaliate if struck first. So, a nuclear war over Taiwan, while unlikely, is possible.

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