Breaking the US-China cycle of escalation over Taiwan

There are steps both sides can take to arrest the action-reaction cycle that's driving them towards the brink of war

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Even before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's recent visit to Taipei, China and the United States had entered a fraught escalatory action-reaction cycle regarding Taiwan.

Beijing had been chafing at the Taiwanese public's increasing support for independence and perceiving growing American backing for the island. Recently, it bolstered its campaign of economic coercion of Taipei and increased the cadence of cyber-attacks and intrusions into the island's air defence identification zone.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2022, with the headline Breaking the US-China cycle of escalation over Taiwan. Subscribe