Speaking Of Asia Podcast: Avoiding war over Taiwan

In our Speaking Of Asia Podcast, we ask: With a population of 23 million, would Taiwan be able to defend itself? PHOTO: REUTERS
In this episode, ST's associate editor Ravi Velloor speaks to Mr Drew Thomspon (pictured), Senior Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. PHOTO: DREW THOMPSON

Synopsis: Every second Friday of the month, join The Straits Times' associate editor Ravi Velloor, as he distills his experience from four decades of covering the continent.

In this episode, he hosts Mr Drew Thompson, a former top official in the Pentagon who helped handle military to military relations with China and Taiwan. Mr Thompson, now Senior Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, discusses the state of cross-Straits relations, American posture on Taiwan and his assessment of Chinese President Xi Jinping's likely approach on Taiwan after the 20th Party Congress.

Highlights (click/tap above):

1:40 Cross-Straits tensions not new, but use of force is not off the table

9:10 Why the US has not changed policy, but has changed its approach

15:18 On Nancy Pelosi's visit: 'China chose to over-react'

21:15 Why Taiwan could succeed in a conflict

28:05 Could tensions ease after Xi Jinping gets his third term?

Produced by: Ravi Velloor (velloor@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis and Teo Tong Kai

Edited by: Teo Tong Kai

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