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The vagaries of US ‘commitment’

By Strobe Driver

For instance: How long would it last? Would it be susceptible to domestic US political vagaries? And would it involve boots on the ground?

The government and Taiwanese need to ponder what the US sending two guided-missile destroyers through the Taiwan Strait (“US signals a new approach to China,” July 12, page 8) means. It is without doubt a show of force to China, but is it a direct and unambiguous commitment to Taiwan?

Strobe Driver has a doctorate in war studies and is a recipient of the Taiwan Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The views expressed here are his own.

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