Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to the Eastern Theatre Command's headquarters on 6th July. This is the command in charge of the region around Taiwan. While there Xi warned about a 'new period of turmoil and change for the world’. This warning also came just days ahead of Taiwan’s main annual Han Kuang military exercises.
Has Xi upped the ante on Taiwan? Will China force a reunification with Taiwan in the near future through military escalation? And what would the next Taiwan Strait military conflict mean for the US, India and the world.
On Episode 8 of the foreign policy podcast Beyond Nation And State, independent journalist and host talks about the history of the Taiwan crisis, changing dynamics with the island and the Peoples’ Republic of China, and what is at stake for India and the world if it leads to a flare up involving the world’s two biggest powers of US and China.
In conversation with Vijay Gokhale, Retired career diplomat, former envoy to Malaysia, Germany and China and Former Foreign Secretary. He is the author of 3 important books - Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest, The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India, and After Tiananmen: The Rise of China
Vijay Gokhale is currently a Non-Resident senior fellow at Carnegie India
And has authored a recent working paper on -‘What should India do before the next Taiwan Strait Crisis.’