China’s Communist Get together crackdown on Hong Kong will get extra menacing by the day. This week’s roundup of democracy advocates together with writer Jimmy Lai is the most recent assault on the once-free metropolis, and hardliners in Beijing see Taiwan as the subsequent prize. Given the potential for a showdown over Taiwan within the subsequent 4 years, the character of America’s dedication to the island should make greater than a passing look within the 2020 presidential marketing campaign.
Taiwan’s significance to America’s Pacific alliances has lengthy been acknowledged. If the U.S. allowed Taipei to fall underneath Beijing’s management—official or de facto—states like Vietnam would doubt America’s dedication to their independence and draw nearer to China. If Beijing can then pry established allies like Japan away from the U.S., the Communist Get together could be properly on its technique to regional hegemony.