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Should America Defend Taiwan?

Veterans take part in a flag raising ceremony at a former military post on Kinmen, Taiwan, October 15, 2021. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Communist China has made no secret of its designs on Taiwan and has become markedly more aggressive in recent months. For decades, U.S. policy has been to support the status quo, but the prospect of a Chinese invasion raises the enormously consequential question of whether we should defend Taiwan militarily if it is attacked. We asked two accomplished foreign-policy thinkers, Elbridge Colby and Patrick Porter, to debate the question.

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