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Issue Brief V: China’s Quest for Taiwan: Struggle for New Hegemon in Asia Pacific By Prabjot Kaur

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Issue Brief: V /2023

C3S launches its Issue Brief initiative. An issue brief is a summary of the knowledge surrounding an issue or a problem. It summarizes the issue by giving clear, concise, and complete information describing all facets of a particular issue including a detailed illustration in the form of images, data, and facts. It also includes recommendations for action and predictions on the future course of an issue.


Questions about Taiwan’s status has been fueling tensions among Taiwan, China, and the United States (US). The long-standing conflict between Taiwan and China is certainly making China short of patience now when it’s aspiring to grow its sphere of influence. Since Taiwan with its outstanding performance of successfully implementing democracy in the island and free and fair elections to elect the self-governing officials, it has inculcated in them a distinct ‘Taiwanese’ identity which is certainly an impediment to PRC’s ‘One-China’ principle and hence, it might use iron fist in tackling the incompliance of Taiwanese government. On the other hand, China’s ambitions to take over the hegemonic position in the Asia-Pacific region has become a contentious issue in the political sphere of American diplomacy. So, when China has been explicit in its determination to forcefully reunify Taiwan, the role of the United States would be interesting to gauge when the past lessons had dictated that the United States could permit no single hostile power to dominate Asia Pacific and how the consequential role of the US can forever change the fate of the region and the strong allies of the US- Japan and South Korea.

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(Ms. Prabjot Kaur is a Research Intern at C3S. She is pursuing her Bsc in Physical Science, MA Diplomacy, Law and Business. The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of C3S)

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