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Taiwan must prepare for blockade

By Strobe Driver

Acknowledging this and assuming that a war is probable begs the question — which was asked me during the workshop: What can Taiwan do to ensure this does not happen?

Taiwan can obtain specific, clearly worded and overt statements of geopolitical and geostrategic commitments from existing and pending allies, which would stymie China’s irredentist attitude to Taiwan, force a rethink of overt military actions and shift the focus to China’s justifications for its actions.

A cautionary alert is and remains one that is needed here, especially if Taiwan’s most powerful ally, the US, stipulates that it will come to Taiwan’s aid.

In David Day’s book 1942, Australia’s Greatest Peril, he says that “saving” Australia after the invasion of New Guinea by the Imperial Japanese Army was seventh on the US’ list of priorities. Taiwan should make sure that it is much closer to No. 1 in its quest for reliable allies, and thus, the government should seek definitive and unambiguous assurances.

Strobe Driver holds a doctorate in war studies and is a recipient of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ fellowship for 2018. The views expressed here are his own.

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