This policy outlook examines the tensions in cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan and aims to analyse its implications for the wider region.

Muhammed Lütfi Türkcan 14 December 2020

This policy outlook examines the tensions in cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan and aims to analyse its implications for the wider region. Beijing has recently stepped up its coercive actions against Taiwan, particularly since the election of Tsai Ing-wen as president in 2016 and the deepening of relations between the US and Taiwan that occurred during the Trump presidency. Current regional and domestic trends such as China's growing military capabilities and ambitious foreign policy as well as the increasing resistance of both the administration and citizens in Taiwan to accept Beijing's one country two system proposal indicate that the prospect for the establishment of a new mechanism for dialogue between the two sides is diminishing while the risk of a regional crisis is looming.

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